According to a report by Yahoo! Sports, the Red Sox medical staff may have broken state law by having trainers inject players with the painkiller Toradol prior to a change in MLB policy on the matter in 2012.
"It is the board's position that athletic trainers are prohibited from using injectables," Amie Breton, director of communications for the Massachusetts' Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulations, told Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan.
Yahoo! reported that "MLB sent a league-wide memo March 8, 2012, strictly prohibiting trainers from injecting Toradol." General manager Ben Cherington said "only doctors provided injections during the 2012 season."
According to Yahoo! -- which quoted former Sox player Curt Schilling and "two other sources who independently witnessed the injections" -- former Sox athletic trainer and physical therapist Mike Reinold, who was fired at the end of last season, "regularly injected players" with Toradol. Schilling, however, said he was injected by others and not Reinold.
According to Schilling, trainers injecting players is not unique in baseball. He said he "had a Toradol shot almost every single game for the last 10 years of my career. It was never administered by a doctor at home or on the road. I didn't think it was wrong." During the last 10 years of his career, Schilling pitched for the Phillies and Diamondbacks in addition to the Red Sox.
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The Pablo Sandoval redemption tour is underway as the former World Series MVP tries to revive his career after two disastrous seasons with the Red Sox organization.
In an interview with ESPN Deportes, he admits to being “complacent” during his first two seasons in Boston after signing a five-year, $95 million deal.
"My career had fallen into an abyss because I was so complacent with things that I had already accomplished," Sandoval said. "I did not work hard in order to achieve more and to remain at the level of the player that I am and that I can be."
After dealing Travis Shaw to the Brewers, Sandoval is expected to be the Red Sox primary third baseman in 2017.
"I am not taking anything for granted," he said. "I am here to work hard. I'm not thinking about the position or not. I am starting from scratch, and I am here to show what I can do on the field."
The 30-year-old says he’s following a “really strict routine” this offseason, and it shows. In a recent photo, Sandoval appears noticeably thinner. Sandoval says his wife giving birth to “Baby Panda” has served as inspiration.
"Watching 'Baby Panda' grow up and that he gets the opportunity to see his father play in the majors for seven, eight more years, to get back to the success I had, that's my motivation every day," Sandoval said. "The people that I surround myself with now and my family, they are the key to my success. This has been a life lesson."
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