Major League Baseball investigators hope soon to interview the players linked to South Florida anti-aging clinic Biogenesis, including Nationals left-handed starter Gio Gonzalez. Michael Weiner, executive director of the MLB Players’ Association, said that he doesn’t expect any players to refuse to be interviewed and hopes there will be a resolution to the issue early in the season, perhaps within a month.
“The season has started and players are spread around and we have to get it done,” Weiner said Thursday in a telephone interview. “I would expect it would be certainly earlier in the season rather than later where these interviews should take place.”
Weiner said union attorneys have spoken with every player who has been linked to Biogenesis, including Gonzalez.
“It’s not a question of setting up anything, it’s a question of doing our due diligence to learn what their story is,” he said. “Obviously Gio has made some public statements as to what his involvement is. He has said that he has done nothing wrong. And I expect that Gio is going to tell a similar story when it’s time to talk to the commissioner’s office.”
The Nationals, publicly and privately, have expressed confidence in Gonzalez’s innocence and his chances of avoiding a suspension. Asked if he shared the same belief, Weiner agreed.