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Major League Baseball has Bartolo Colon’s medical records

Jul 14, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

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“OK, let’s open these up and take a look.  Hmmm … blood type … blood type … sir, it says ‘gravy’!”

Major League Baseball has received medical records on Bartolo Colon‘s stem cell treatment. The New York Yankees pitcher had the treatment in the Dominican Republic in April 2010. Baseball spokesman Pat Courtney said the records were received Tuesday and it would take time for them to be reviewed. The records are in Spanish.

I’m sure that if there really were banned drugs used in those procedures Colon received that the medical records produced over a year later and after a great controversy about them occurred would totally contain accurate information. Nope, no way that the post-ruckus, foreign language medical records that could mean the end of the career of both the doctor and the patient if they said the wrong thing could be anything other than 100% accurate and exhaustive.

  1. Kevin S. - Jul 14, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    If there really were banned drugs used in a surgery that brought a guy’s arm back from wet-noodle status to sustaining velocities he hadn’t reached in years, baseball should reconsider the ban on them.

    • benyamen - Jul 14, 2011 at 5:18 PM

      … not sure if serious …

      I kind of think the ban they put on them was for the exact reasons you are *maybe* saying they you reconsider the ban.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 14, 2011 at 8:33 PM

        No, the ban was put on due to ignorance and hysteria.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 14, 2011 at 5:32 PM

      It should be serious. If a procedure can rejuvenate a body without causing undue harm, why would it be banned?

      If Bartolo was taking something that might make his heart explode, that would be one thing.Even if he did take HGH (which is legal is administered by a doctor from what I understand) while he was out of baseball, then stopped using it when he came back to baseball, what is the problem?

  2. SmackSaw - Jul 14, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Great. As if the Yankees staff doesn’t have enough problems. Oh, if King George were still around they’d trade for Felix Hernandez in the next couple of days.

    • SmackSaw - Jul 14, 2011 at 6:10 PM

      I’m replying to myself to say that was a great post.

      • marshmallowsnake - Jul 14, 2011 at 6:44 PM

        I think you would have to.

      • bigxrob - Jul 14, 2011 at 7:03 PM

        That’s good, b/c no one else was going to say that.

      • Ari Collins - Jul 15, 2011 at 1:19 AM

        The Yankee’s staff problems are self-inflicted. So we don’t feel too bad for you.

        But it’s not the Yankees’ fault they don’t have Felix.The Ms have no reason whatsoever to sell an affordable ace signed for several more years.

  3. uyf1950 - Jul 14, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    Craig, help me out to understand something. I thought medical records were kept private and could not be released without permission of the patient. Is the assumption that Colon gave permission for his medical records to be released to a 3rd party?

    • bleedgreen - Jul 14, 2011 at 5:33 PM

      I wonder if theres something in the Union bylaws permitting MLB to see them if they so request?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 14, 2011 at 6:28 PM

      HIPAA generally prevents it, in fact getting records from one doctor to another for the same patient usually requires a waiver now. I’m sure he signed off on it, but with a lot of pressure from MLB.

      • aaronmoreno - Jul 14, 2011 at 8:20 PM

        I’m pretty sure in most sports players sign HIPAA waivers with their professional contracts.

  4. bigtrav425 - Jul 14, 2011 at 7:44 PM

    im sure he has taken a drug test between then and now and would of known that he failed it if he was on them or did them.Also i still do not see how HGH is a bad thing.If it helps people heal and heal better and faster then i see no issue with it at all

  5. kingbuccaneer - Jul 14, 2011 at 9:38 PM


    In other news, Fartolo gets mashed by the Jays and can’t make it out of the 1st.

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