Former Red Sox trainer Mike Reinold may have injected players on the team with the pain reliever Toradol despite regulations prohibiting trainers from doing so.
Jeff Passan has thrown the tiniest bit of fuel on what is the slowest-burning "scandal" in recent baseball memory. According to Passan, Mike Reinold the trainer who injected Red Sox players with the pain reliever Toradol did so despite state regulations prohibiting trainers from giving injections of any kind.
There is something remarkably ridiculous about the whole scenario. Despite being a completely legal pain reliever in the eyes of both the country and Major League Baseball, Passan relates the following:
Two other sources described the same scene as Schilling: Reinold and a player stashed away in a secluded area, away from the trainers' room, with Reinold jabbing a needle into a player's buttocks before a game.
This looks like what you'd expect from steroids. A level of hush-hush befitting an illegal substance. But if Reinold and the players in question had been doing this in the office of Bud Selig himself the commissioner would have been, at worst, confused.
In fact, it's not even clear that Reinold was really in the wrong here. While Reinold was fired at the end of last season, and there's some evidence of at least one other trainer in the league being fired for injecting players against health regulations, Passan dug up this state law:
"A full licensee may permit a skilled professional or non-professional assistant to perform services in a manner consistent with accepted medical standards and appropriate to the assistant's skill."
In other words if, say, Thomas Gill had given Reinold the go-ahead as Reinold claims (which is entirely unclear thanks to conflicting stories given to MLB investigators), then at the very worst the legality of the situation is ambiguous.
As it stands, the Red Sox are reconsidering their use of Toradol because of the potentially negative side-effects the drug can cause. It seems likely that Toradol was behind Clay Buchholz' internal bleeding last season, and if the drug is doing more harm than good the Sox will dump it. But right now it seems like way too much is being made of the use of a completely legal drug.