Four players -- Mets pitcher Scott Schoeneweis, Angels outfielder Gary Matthews Jr., Blue Jays third baseman Troy Glaus and Cardinals outfielder Rick Ankiel -- were cleared of any potential discipline last week by Selig after MLB determined that there was insufficient evidence of a violation in those four cases.Two investigations, involving Rangers outfielder Jerry Hairston Jr. and Indians pitcher Paul Byrd, remain open. Manfred and/or other MLB lawyers have met with all the players, who were also involved in the Albany investigation. Guillen and two former Major League players -- third baseman Matt Williams and pitcher Ismael Valdez -- were reported on Nov. 6 to have bought performance-enhancing drugs from a Florida clinic. The purchases mostly came prior to the beginning of drug testing for steroids in 2003. HGH, which remains unreliably detectable through a urine test, wasn't put on the list of banned substances until 2005. Records said that Guillen purchased $19,000 worth of drugs from the Palm Beach Rejuvenation Center, which, along with other anti-aging clinics and online pharmacies in Florida and Alabama, was targeted for illegal sales of drugs, including steroids and HGH. It was raided by Florida law enforcement agencies on Feb. 27. Guillen purchased the drugs between May 2002 and June 2005, during which he played for Arizona, Cincinnati, Oakland, the Angels and Washington. Williams was playing for the Diamondbacks in 2002 when he purchased $11,600 worth of HGH, steroids and other drugs. Valdez bought $11,300 worth of performance-enhancing drugs in 2002 after he was traded from the Rangers to the Mariners. Some of the prescriptions were written by a Florida dentist whose license has since been suspended.
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.