Bob Nightengale from USA Today recently interviewed Cincinnati Reds and former Boston Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo, as he opened up about his personal use of performance enhancing drugs and its effects on his MLB career. Arroyo claims to take “10 to 12 different things a day, and on the days he pitches; four more things.”
The only type of drugs Arroyo will avoid are those that have been clearly banned by Major League Baseball. He went on to address that he and many other players are relentless with their PED use, even if they know certain drugs could be banned in the future. With that said, he states most of the stuff they use could be found over the counter. The androstenedione (andro) supplement was very popular in the late 1990’s early 2000’s. This is the drug Mark McGuire specifically admitted to taking while in the peak of his career. Arroyo was regularly taking this substance before it was banned in 2004; reflecting back said it “made him feel like a monster” when he was on it. Although he got his hands on andro for a few years, he states it wasn’t nearly as strong as some of the other things people were taking.
Arroyo is one among few Major Leaguers who will openly talk about their experience in the MLB steroid era. he is currently signed under a $38 million five year contract with the Reds. If he does test positive for any type of drugs he could be suspended and lose millions. He sticks by his decisions and says “I don’t regret a thing. Neither should anyone else.”