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Yankees' Ivan Nova being investigated by MLB

Aug 27, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

According to a report in the New York Post, MLB is investigating Yankees pitchers Ivan Nova and Wilkin De La Rosa over concerns they injected each other with B-12 shots last year as teammates at Double-A Trenton.
B-12 shots are not included in MLB’s list of prohibited substances, but only licensed physicians are allowed to inject players with medication. Also, according to the Post, MLB wants to confirm that it was, in fact, B-12 the platers were using.
Nova, 23, made his major league debut back in May as a reliever for the Bombers. He was recently recalled to the majors, and he allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings in a start against the Blue Jays on Monday. The Yankees rewarded him by naming the starter for Sunday’s game against the White Sox.
The 25-year-old De La Rosa is still with Trenton and has a 5.00 ERA in eight starts and 25 relief appearances this year.

  1. geoknows - Aug 27, 2010 at 5:02 PM

    “…only licensed physicians are allowed to inject players with medication.”
    B-12 is not a medication.
    What about Type A diabetics? Are they not allowed to inject their own insulin? That’s closer to a medication than B-12.

  2. SQ44 - Aug 27, 2010 at 5:23 PM

    Geoknows, your online medical degree is showing. B-12 isn’t a medication? And what exactly is Type A diabetes?

  3. geoknows - Aug 27, 2010 at 5:35 PM

    Sheesh, a nitpicker. Excuse me for typo-ing an A instead of a 1.
    B-12 is a vitamin. Vitamins are not classified as medication by the FDA.

  4. Old Gator - Aug 27, 2010 at 5:51 PM

    My endocrinologist frequently refers to child-onset or hereditary diabetes as “type A,” even though he usually refers to adult-onset diabetes related to overweight as “type 2.” It’s a slip but from what I can tell it’s not an uncommon one.

  5. SouthofHeaven - Aug 27, 2010 at 5:57 PM

    In other news, 65 NFL linebackers were found to have injected gorilla DNA directly into their testicles. When asked for a quote, the sportswriters of the world replied, “Meh.”

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