Donnelly denies steroid allegation
Free-agent reliever still looking to re-sign with Red Sox
BOSTON -- Free-agent reliever Brendan Donnelly, mentioned in page 224 of the Mitchell Report for allegedly making one purchase of steroids from Kirk Radomski in 2004, said that no such transaction was ever consummated.
Donnelly released a statement over the weekend to ESPN.com and the Boston Herald that said the following:
"In 2004, I was having multiple physical problems and was concerned about not getting back on the field for even close to the level I had experienced. I made a phone call to Radomski. We discussed Anavar.
"Upon learning that Anavar was classified as a steroid, I realized that was not an option. That was the end of it. Yes, I called him. But I did not purchase or receive anything from him. I never took Deca or Anavar. I do want to fully support the testing program of Major League Baseball, and I support wider testing."
Donnelly spent the 2007 season with the Red Sox, going 2-1 with a 3.05 ERA in 27 outings. The righty underwent Tommy John elbow-ligament replacement surgery in August and didn't pitch after June 10.
The Red Sox have had discussions with Donnelly about bringing him back for 2008. Donnelly is expected to miss roughly the first four months of the season.
The Red Sox non-tendered Donnelly the night before the Mitchell Report was released, but both sides said the timing was pure coincidence.
Because Donnelly is going to spend much of the season rehabbing his injury, the Red Sox are negotiating with him on a smaller-scale contract than the one he would have received if they had tendered him a contract, which essentially would have allowed him to go to arbitration.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.