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OC Register: MLB releases statement clearing Angels’ Mike Trout after HGH accusation

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Major League Baseball and the union issued a joint statement on Friday afternoon saying that no player has ever received an exemption to use Human Growth Hormone, reacting to a rumor about Angels All-Star Mike Trout that seeped into social media a day earlier.

While not using Trout’s name, the statement was clearly a reaction to a Thursday Instagram post – that was deleted and then retracted – alleging that Trout had received MLB approval to use HGH because of a thyroid condition.

MLB grants about 100 Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) every year, allowing players to use otherwise banned substances for legitimate medical purposes. The vast majority of them are stimulants that are prescribed to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

On Thursday, in the midst of the social media storm about the Houston Astros sign stealing, David Brosius, the son of former big leaguer Scott Brosius, wrote on his Instagram account that Trout had found a “loophole” that allowed him to use HGH because of a thyroid condition. After the allegation began to spread on social media, Brosius temporarily deleted his account. He posted an apology on Thursday night, saying his accusation had “no evidence” behind it. Brosius has since made his account private.

The story temporarily gained new life on Friday, when Daniel Roberts of Yahoo! tweeted that Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer had also told him that Trout had an exemption to use HGH. Roberts soon recanted, adding a tweet that said Bauer clarified that he had no knowledge of the three-time American League MVP using HGH. Both tweets have since been deleted.

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