Via the Daily News:
According to a former baseball scout, who worked with players who trained with [Angel] Presinal in the Dominican, Presinal provided some players with steroids. The former scout declined to be named in this story but says that players refer to Presinal as “The Cleaner,” someone who can rid traces of steroids from the players’ urine before a drug test.
“He puts them through a cycle and then they flush the body out,” the former scout said. “If you’re afraid of testing positive, this is the guy to go to.” He said players are afraid to discuss Presinal because they depend on his expertise as a trainer. It is also expensive to work with Presinal, according to the former scout, who says the trainer charges as much as $10,000 for an offseason session.
If this is true, then shame on George Mitchell for not including Presinal, who has ties to several Red Sox players (in addition to the Yankees Alex Rodriguez), in his report to baseball on PED usage. If the Daily News is able to get the skinny on Presinal, then why not Mitchell?
Mea Cupla, 2/22/09, 7 pm EST: I was wrong about Presinal not being in the Mitchell Report. He was mentioned in it. My apologies to Mr. Mitchell, MLB, and anyone else who my bad assumption adversely impacted.