Byrd's HGH Use Was News to Mitchell

Baseball investigator denies leaking info on Indians pitcher
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2007 12:13 AM CDT
Cleveland Indians pitcher Paul Byrd speaks to reporters outside the Indians clubhouse before Game 7 of the American League Championship baseball series against the Boston Red Sox Sunday, Oct. 21, 2007,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Baseball investigator George Mitchell denied a report that he leaked information on Cleveland pitcher Paul Byrd’s use of human growth hormone. News broke before Cleveland lost Game 7 to Boston that Byrd had bought HGH online; he said it was used to treat a pituitary tumor. Mitchell said he learned of the allegations at the same time as the public, the AP reports.

Byrd reportedly bought nearly $25,000 of HGH and syringes between 2002 and 2005 from a Florida anti-aging clinic that is under federal investigation for selling performance-enhancing drugs. HGH was banned by baseball in 2005. Byrd also claimed that he had told MLB about his treatments, but baseball and team officials said they were unaware he was using the drug.