Arroyo: No meeting scheduled with MLB

Arroyo: No meeting scheduled with MLB

CINCINNATI -- Major League Baseball has requested a meeting with Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo about his admission of taking supplements not approved by the league, USA Today reported on Thursday.

"We just want to chat with him," MLB vice president Rich Levin told the newspaper, "just to make him aware of the [MLB-licensed] supplements out there."

In a cover story out on Thursday morning, Arroyo told USA Today that he uses "10 to 12" different types of supplements a day, up to 16 when he pitches, and that several are not approved by Major League Baseball.

"I have a lot of guys in [the locker room] who think I'm out of [my] mind because I'm taking a lot of things not on the [MLB-approved] list," Arroyo told the paper. "There's a caffeine drink I take from a company that [former teammate] Curt Schilling introduced me to in '05. I take some Korean ginseng and a few other proteins out there that are not certified. But I haven't failed any tests, so I figured I'm good."

According to the article, Arroyo isn't being disciplined by the league, but "it wants the opportunity to educate Arroyo about the dangers of taking unapproved supplements," Levin said.

Arroyo said no one from baseball has reached out to him directly, requesting to meet.

"I don't have a clue," Arroyo said. "I just go about my day-to-day business at the ballpark, enjoy life and don't worry about anything."

Arroyo clearly wasn't affected by the situation when he took the mound on Thursday night against the Nationals. He tossed a two-hit shutout for a 7-0 Reds win. It was his third complete game and second shutout of the season.

"The stuff that was in the paper earlier today was inconsequential," Arroyo said after the game.

"That's a great performance by Bronson, especially in light of today's news and stuff," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Maybe he likes that pressure on himself."

Because of the hot-button nature of the PED topic, Arroyo wasn't surprised that the latest newspaper story attracted extra attention.

"We live in a world where people care about what Paris Hilton is having for lunch vs. how many guys are getting killed in Iraq, and that's the truth," Arroyo said. "Look at the Josh Hamilton stuff that came out. That's more important than how many home runs he's hit. It's sad to say, but it's the society we live in. Sometimes I speak my mind probably more than I should. Sometimes it blows up in my face. That's the way it goes."

Never afraid to speak frankly about any issue, Arroyo's candid comments about performance-enhancing drugs and supplements lately have put him in the national spotlight more than once.

On July 31, while standing up for former Red Sox teammates Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz on the steroid issue, Arroyo admitted that he took androstenedione and amphetamines as a Major and Minor Leaguer before both performance-enhancing drugs were banned by baseball.

Since random drug testing became mandatory in 2004, Arroyo has never failed a test. He said it was possible he could be on the 2003 list of 104 players that tested positive for using performance-enhancing drugs because the andro he took might have been tainted with steroids because he wasn't diligent about checking the products.

The test results, which were supposed to remain private, were part of a baseline program to determine whether MLB should move forward with league-wide testing for PEDs.

"The whole thing started because I was protecting guys that I love and played with," Arroyo said. "David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez, to me, are two of the best teammates I've ever had."

In complete command of Washington the entire game, Arroyo gave up one walk, hit a batter and struck out three besides allowing the two hits. Only one batter reached second base all night.

According to Arroyo, blocking out off the field issues was no trouble at all.

"I'm fine," he said. "I grew up in a household where if my father flew here to watch the game today, if the plane crashed, he would expect me to do what I did knowing that the plane crashed. That's just the way it is. It's the most important thing in my life on a day-to-day basis. I treat it as such. When I take the hill, I don't let anything bother me."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.