As you've no doubt heard by now, Manny Ramirez has been suspended 50 games for testing positive for a substance banned by Major League Baseball. In a statement, Manny said he saw a doctor for "a personal health issue" and that he was prescribed "a medication, not a steroid."
According to Yahoo! Sports, that "personal health issue" might have to do with some problems in the bedroom.
A source close to Manny Ramirez(notes) said Thursday that the illegal substance for which the Los Angeles Dodgers slugger tested positive was not “an agent customarily used for performance enhancing.”Well then.
At least not on the baseball diamond. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the substance is supposed to boost sex drive. It is not Viagra, but a substance that treats the cause rather providing a temporary boost in sexual performance, the source said.
Ramirez tested positive for the substance during spring training, then was administered a second test more recently, and it also was positive. Major League Baseball notified Ramirez of the second positive test after Wednesday night’s Dodgers victory over the Washington Nationals. Ramirez admitted to having taken the substance and declined to appeal. His 50-game suspension begins today.
“The substance is not a steroid and it is not human-growth hormone,” the source said.
Manny being Impotent-y?
UPDATE: According to ESPN's T.J. Quinn and Mark Fainaru-Wada, the drug in question is hCG -- human chorionic gonadotropin. "HCG is a women's fertility drug typically used by steroid users to restart their body's natural testosterone production as they come off a steroid cycle. It is similar to Clomid, the drug Bonds, Giambi and others used as clients of BALCO."
UPDATE II: USA Today is now also reporting that it was HCG: "According to a Major League Baseball official with direct knowledge of the testing process, Ramirez took Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG), a women's fertility drug that can be taken by men after using steroids to jump start the body's natural testosterone production."
Source: Ramirez’s substance a sexual enhancer - Yahoo! Sports