Reds’ Arroyo Taking Chances With Supplements


August 13, 2009

Cincinnati Reds pitcher and former Red Sox starter Bronson Arroyo has become outspoken on performance-enhancing drugs with the recent leaks of the 2003 list of players that tested positive. And since The New York Times reported the positive tests of Arroyo's former teammates David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez, the Reds' right-hander has shed some light on his own supplement intake.

"I have a lot of guys in [the locker room] who think I'm out of [my] mind because I'm taking a lot of things not on the [MLB-approved] list," Arroyo told USA Today. "I take 10 to 12 different things a day, and on the days I pitch, there's four more things. There's a caffeine drink I take from a company that [ex-Boston Red Sox teammate] Curt Schilling introduced me to in '05. I take some Korean ginseng and a few other proteins out there that are not certified. But I haven't failed any tests, so I figured I'm good."

The league has a list of certified supplements, which they have advised players to use to avoid suspension. Arroyo, however, has taken matters into his own hands when deciding what to put in his body.

"I do what I want to do and say what I want to say," Arroyo said in the report. "But society has made this such a tainted thing. The media has made it where people look at it in such a super-negative light. I've always been honest. I'm not going to stop now."

Arroyo is scheduled to start on Thursday night and will more than likely be asked about his recent remarks. But after these shocking quotes and his previous ones, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Arroyo seek to steal more headlines with some thoughts on supplement use.

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