BOSTON -- Free-agent reliever Brendan Donnelly, mentioned in page 224 of the Mitchell Report for allegedly making one purchase of steroids from Kirk Radomski in 2004, said that no such transaction was ever consummated.
Donnelly released a statement over the weekend to ESPN.com and the Boston Herald that said the following:
"In 2004, I was having multiple physical problems and was concerned about not getting back on the field for even close to the level I had experienced. I made a phone call to Radomski. We discussed Anavar.
"Upon learning that Anavar was classified as a steroid, I realized that was not an option. That was the end of it. Yes, I called him. But I did not purchase or receive anything from him. I never took Deca or Anavar. I do want to fully support the testing program of Major League Baseball, and I support wider testing."
Donnelly spent the 2007 season with the Red Sox, going 2-1 with a 3.05 ERA in 27 outings. The righty underwent Tommy John elbow-ligament replacement surgery in August and didn't pitch after June 10.
The Red Sox have had discussions with Donnelly about bringing him back for 2008. Donnelly is expected to miss roughly the first four months of the season.
The Red Sox non-tendered Donnelly the night before the Mitchell Report was released, but both sides said the timing was pure coincidence.
Because Donnelly is going to spend much of the season rehabbing his injury, the Red Sox are negotiating with him on a smaller-scale contract than the one he would have received if they had tendered him a contract, which essentially would have allowed him to go to arbitration.
"I want the fans of Boston to know that the Red Sox had no idea of the contents of this report, because I didn't have any knowledge of the contents of this report," Donnelly told the Boston Herald. "I just want to make it clear for anybody who thought there was any shady activity going on, it's just totally false and we're still currently talking with the Red Sox and looking at a deal when I do come back from Tommy John [surgery]. It was understood I was getting taken off the roster months before. I knew about this before the season was over."
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.