Report: Red Sox might have broken state law by having trainer administer Toradol
|02.15.13 at 7:08 am ET|
According a report by Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan, the Red Sox appear to have broken state law by allowing a trainer to administer injections of the controversial painkiller Toradol to treat players.
(Listen to Passan discuss the situation during his Friday morning appearance with Dennis & Callahan.)
While Toradol is a legal substance and not banned by Major League Baseball, a spokesperson for the Massachusetts’ Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulations said that the Massachusetts board of Allied Health Professionals, which regulates trainers, takes the position that “athletic trainers are prohibited from using injectables.” The specific wording of the law is more vague.
Passan’s report credits Curt Schilling and two other sources as saying former Sox trainer Mike Reinold regularly injected players with Toradol for six seasons, from 2006-11.
“I had a Toradol shot almost every single game for the last 10 years of my career,” Schilling said. “It was never administered by a doctor at home or on the road. I didn’t think it was wrong.”
Major League Baseball, which investigated Reinold in 2012, send a league-wide memo on March 8, 2012, strictly prohibiting trainers from injecting Toradol, the report notes, also indicating that other trainers around baseball also were found to have been injecting players.
Schilling, who claims to have had more than 300 Toradol shots over his career, recounted one episode that demonstrated the powerful effects of the drug that has come under fire for its possibly dangerous side effects.
“I slept on a pillow wrong,” Schilling told Yahoo! Sports. “I woke up at 5:30 [a.m.]. I couldn’t move my head. I went to the ballpark at 6:30 for a 1:30 [p.m.] game. Worked for four hours on it. I literally couldn’t move my head. I went to the bullpen and started throwing and I didn’t think there was any way I could pitch.
“Then the Toradol kicked in. I threw a one-hitter and struck out 17.”
Reinold released a statement to Yahoo! Sports in which he cited “patient confidentiality” for not addressing whether or not he injected players.
Said Reinold: “Every medical treatment I provided was under the direction, authority and knowledge of a team physician and appropriately documented. Any suggestion to the contrary would be false.”
Reinold was moved from head trainer to lead physical therapist between the 2011 and ’12 seasons and was not retained after last season, although general manager Ben Cherington said the team has discussed a consulting role with him.
“Every team in baseball is trying to put together the best medical staff we can,” Cherington said. “Every year we review that like we do our scouting staff and player development staff and every part of our operation. That’s what we’re all trying to do. If there are practices going on that we come to see as inadvisable, we stop those. In this particular case, this is not a question of someone using an illegal substance. It’s a question of how it was administered. And we made a change. We have at all times complied with MLB’s directives on the use of Toradol.
“Mike is a talented physical therapist who worked very hard for the Red Sox for a number of years and was part of teams that had a lot of success. He’s got an expertise in the area of pitching and care of pitching, and there’s no doubt he’ll continue to work with Major League Baseball players and players of all ages for years to come.”
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