Sunday, October 21, 2007
Cleveland Indians pitcher Paul Byrd, who is 2-0 with a 3.60 ERA in the postseason, bought 25,000 dollars worth of human growth hormones, according to the San Fransisco Chronicle. These purchases were made through credit card between 2002 and 2005 from a Florida anti-aging facility. Byrd is known for being a finesse pitcher, now receiving the title of clutch performer for his performance during the postseason. This season, he went 15-8 record with a 4.59 ERA; however, in his thirteen year career he is 97-81 with a 4.35 ERA. Although this may be hard to believe, he was coming off nearly a full year in the minors and may have looked for that extra push to make it to the big leagues. The following year, he went 17-11 with a 3.90 ERA. In 2003, he had Tommy John surgery and made a "quick" recovery and was able to return for the back end of the 2004 Braves season and playoffs. It seems like they might have got him, but it could not have come at a worse time.
UPDATE: Paul Byrd has never hid that he has taken HGH. It was prescribed by his doctor and he claims that it has been apart of his whole life. He talks about it in his new book, and I'm sure more questions will be asked after the season. For now however, it was prescribed by his doctor for personal off the field reasons that will be addressed more in the off season.