CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs were surprised to see one of their former player in an undercover video recently admitting to taking performance-enhancing drugs. Catcher Taylor Teagarden was with the organization only in 2015, appearing in eight games in the majors and 63 more in the minors; he implicated himself in a report by Al-Jazeera made after last season. Teagarden says he used a banned substance “last year” and was “scared” because of an upcoming drug test, which he passed. The report was news to Cubs president Theo Epstein.
“Completely surprised,” Epstein said Friday afternoon. “I don’t know anything about it other than what I’ve heard about the report. I don’t want to try a guy from afar, but if the allegations are true it’s really disappointing.”
Teagarden was part of a larger story about doping in sports but was the only athlete seen in the video admitting to taking an illegal substance. The 32-year-old has spent parts of the past eight seasons in the majors and was on the Cubs' 40-man postseason roster in 2015 before being let go after they were eliminated.
Major League Baseball is investigating the Al-Jazeera report. Teagarden’s lawyer didn’t return a call from ESPN.com after the news broke. The catcher is currently a free agent but could face penalties under the collective bargaining agreement.