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The Red Sox’ use of Toradol was contrary to state law

Feb 15, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT


Jeff Passan of Yahoo! reports that the Red Sox’ use of Toradol was contrary to state law and industry guidelines. Specifically: Passan quotes Curt Schilling — and, importantly, two other sources who are not Curt Schilling — who say that the Red Sox’ trainer routinely injected it into players despite state laws which prohibit sports trainers from doing do.

Toradol, in the news recently because of Jonathan Papelbon saying that the Phillies would not let him use it, is a legal anti-inflammatory. It’s more powerful, however, and has been linked to serious side effects. Many teams use it — many also via injections from athletic trainers — but it remains controversial.

Passan reports that the methods of Toradol injection on the Red Sox weren’t, if his sources are correct, in compliance with the law. Indeed, they sounded downright furtive:

Two other sources described the same scene as Schilling: Reinold and a player stashed away in a secluded area, away from the trainers’ room, with [Red Sox trainer Mike] Reinold jabbing a needle into a player’s buttocks before a game.

Major League Baseball investigated Reinold and the Red Sox and last year issued an edict forbidding trainers from injecting players with Toradol. Whether the state gets involved and investigates depends on whether someone files a complaint. Which seems unlikely, but who knows?

Interesting stuff.

  1. dan1111 - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Perhaps the Sox had good reason to go into denial mode over Schilling’s recent claims?

  2. proudlycanadian - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    The Red Sox leaked a story about goings on (beer etc) in the clubhouse in order to discredit some players, yet kept this information secret. Is their a bit of a double standard in place?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Feb 15, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      Is their a bit of a double standard in place?

      One makes the organization look bad and the other makes the players look bad. Guess which they kept a secret…

      • Old Gator - Feb 15, 2013 at 2:42 PM

        “Double standard” implies that those backstabbing gutless Beanbag front orifice Morlocks have any standards at all.

  3. raysfan1 - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Toradol is a great drug but needs to be prescribed by a licensed healthcare provider. Even the pill form is not supposed to be used more than 5 straight days.

  4. jibzek - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    They injected toradol into the fried chicken. Twice the meat to wash it down with a 24 oz Coors banquet beer.

  5. agelardi - Feb 15, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Bet the Yankees file a complaint, if for no other reason than to create a minor annoyance for the Sox.

    • somekat - Feb 15, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      I would think every team in the AL east would. But i don’t know if a business, from another state, even has grounds to make the complaint. You’d probably have to get a specific member of one of those organizations to do it. Or a local business

  6. uyf1950 - Feb 15, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Why would any team register a complaint? The Red Sox finished the season 69-93 what is the State or MLB going to do vacate some of their 69 wins.

    • forsch31 - Feb 15, 2013 at 8:46 PM

      Because the athletic trainer did it for six seasons, according to the players. Also, according to Passan’s article, the Red Sox owners and general manager were told after the 2011 season by “at least one team employee” what Reinhold was doing, and despite firing him after this past season, Cherington is still planning on using Reinhold as a consultant.

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