Use of supplement 'andro' raises safety, legal issues Lack of information also a big concern pondered by some Orioles

August 30, 1998|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

What do the Orioles have to say about androstenedione, the over-the-counter supplement used by Mark McGwire but banned by some sports organizations?

Some raised the issue of legality, others safety. Still others wondered whether it did much good. A clubhouse sampling:

Manager Ray Miller: "If it's legal, I've got no problem with it. Guys use all kinds of over-the-counter stuff. As long as Major League Baseball doesn't have a problem with it, who's to say? A guy drinks six cups of coffee before he pitches and that's OK. What's the difference with [androstenedione] if it's not illegal?"

Catcher Lenny Webster: "The first I heard about it was with McGwire. It seems to me that there's not that much known about the stuff, what it does to you down the road. I hear that it can affect your liver. I want no part of that, man. As far as I'm concerned, I'm not going to use it. As a catcher, I really don't need anything that's going to bulk me up. I need to do everything I can to maintain flexibility. I don't want to get bound up."

Pitcher Juan Guzman: "If you sell it at a store, what's the big deal about? I don't see what everybody is so excited about. We all use something for energy or maintenance. We all go to GNC. There's not a player in here who doesn't go to GNC for something."

Guzman, a devoted weightlifter, does not use creatine or androstenedione but says he uses protein supplements to offset a less-than-perfect diet.

Guzman: "There's not anything illegal going on. What's the problem with that? I'm just being honest here."

Infielder Jeff Reboulet, one of the team's smallest players (he is generously listed at 6 feet, 175 pounds): "I don't want to hit the ball any harder or I'll get it all the way to the outfielders."

Reboulet calls himself a "vitamin kind of guy."

"I didn't know anything about it [androstenedione] until the thing with McGwire came up. I'm not very informed about it. But I'm not looking to add bulk or anything like that. Everybody tries to maintain themselves somehow, but I don't think that's what I'm looking for."

Pub Date: 8/30/98

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