Nats’ Gonzalez passes drug test

Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez said tests for performance- enhancing drugs he was given by Major League Baseball have come back negative.

Gonzalez and other players were listed in a Miami New Times report as receiving performance- enhancing drugs in purported records of a now-closed anti-aging clinic.

Gonzalez said in a brief statement Friday that the players’ association informed him that blood and urine tests he was given two days after last month’s report came back clean.

He said he expected the negative results and reiterated he has never taken any performance- enhancing drugs.

The Nationals’ left-hander didn’t take any questions beyond his statement, citing MLB’s ongoing investigation into Biogenesis of America.

ESPN reported Tuesday that Gonzalez was the only client named so far who had not received PEDs.

Rivera throws BP

Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has thrown batting practice for the first time since knee surgery last year.

The 43-year-old Rivera threw 25 pitches Friday and said he was happy with the results. He expects to be ready when the Yankees open the regular season April 1 against Boston.

Santana delayed

Mets pitcher Johan Santana’s first spring training appearance has been put off until mid-March.

General manager Sandy Alderson said Friday the 33-year-old left-hander is expected to pitch in an exhibition game sometime from March 10-12.

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