Report: Sox may have run afoul of law by having trainers inject players

Report: Sox may have run afoul of law by having trainers inject players
February 15, 2013, 8:24 pm

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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