Cardinals GM 'comfortable' Glaus clean of steroids

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Major League Baseball decided against punishing Glaus.

ST. LOUIS -- Before acquiring Troy Glaus in a trade with Toronto, the St. Louis Cardinals looked into allegations the third baseman used steroids.

New Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Wednesday he was "comfortable" with baseball's investigation into the matter.

"We did our due diligence on that," Mozeliak said at a news conference to discuss the trade. "We spoke with Major League Baseball. Obviously, it was a concern to us moving forward.

"Our understanding and how it was explained to us is they did a thorough investigation. He cooperated fully. At the end of the day, they felt there was not enough to warrant any disciplinary action. With that said, it made us very comfortable with the direction we were going."

SI.com reported in September that the former World Series MVP received steroids from Signature Pharmacy between September 2003 and May 2004. On Dec. 6, Major League Baseball said it found insufficient evidence to discipline him.

St. Louis obtained Glaus on Monday for Scott Rolen in a swap of former all-stars.

"I cooperated fully with MLB and their investigation," Glaus said. "They came to their conclusion. There was no discipline necessary, and really that's all I'm going to say about that."

On the same day baseball decided there was insufficient evidence to discipline Glaus, it also found insufficient evidence to punish Cardinals outfielder Rick Ankiel. The New York Daily News reported Ankiel received eight shipments of prescription human growth hormone in 2004.

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