The Los Angeles Dodgers continue to deny any involvement in light of a New York Times report that representatives of Manny Ramirez asked officials in the commissioner's office about filing for a medical exemption that would have allowed the slugger to take a banned drug to boost his testosterone levels.
"The Dodgers did not look into any therapeutic use exemptions for Manny Ramirez," Dodgers' spokesman Josh Rawitch told ESPNLosAngeles.com. "We decline any further comment."
The Times reported Thursday that representatives of Ramirez told commissioner's office officials that they planned to ask for a medical exemption to use a banned drug. That was around the time Ramirez was suspended for 50 games on May 8, 2009, for violating baseball's drug policy, the paper said. No exemption request was filed; the Times reported that Ramirez' agent, Scott Boras, was among those who decided not to file at that time.
The Times said Dodgers officials, including general manager Ned Colletti, talked later in the season about whether Ramirez had enough of a medical problem to file for an exemption. No request was filed at that time, either.
Ramirez was suspended after testing in spring training showed that Ramirez had testosterone in his body that was not natural and came from an artificial source, ESPN reported at the time. The sources said that in addition to the artificial testosterone, Ramirez was identified as using the female fertility drug human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG.
The Times said Ramirez refused to discuss the matter when he was questioned on June 3.