SAN FRANCISCO - JULY 08: USA Team All-Star Brian Bocock of the San Francisco Giants throws to first base against the World Team All-Star during the XM Satellite Radio All-Star Futures Game at AT&T Park on July 8, 2007 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Team doctors evidently had prescribed a player Viagra. If that's not a "performance-enhancing drug," then I'm not sure what is.
Andrew Baggarly busts the story today in his Contra Costa Times "Extra Baggs" blog that shortstop Brian Bocock was prescribed Viagra this past off-season in order to help circulation problems developing in his right hand.
Circulation problems in your right hand? Sure, pal, we hear that one all the time.
It does appear that this was legit. It was Bocock himself who came forward with the information, so we'll tease him a Little less, ummm, hard.
Bocock tells the CoCo Times that he was prescribed the hard stuff for a circulation problem occurring in his right hand. The poor guy had fingers turning blue. “The doctors had me on baby aspirin, anti-inflammatories, blood thinners and, well --Viagra,” Bocock said.
According to Bocock, the Viagra totally did the trick. It even helped the circulation problem in his right hand, too!
Again, it should be noted that Bocock's story does check out and his prescription appears legit. But don't be surprised if several Giants visit the clubhouse doctor this season complaining about "circulation problems in my right hand..."
Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who is totally going to try the old "circulation in my right hand" story with his physician.