Nationals' Gio Gonzalez waiting to hear from MLB

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VIERA, Fla. — Washington pitcher Gio Gonzalez says he and the Nationals are still waiting to hear from Major League Baseball, which is conducting an investigation linking him and other players to an anti-aging clinic in Coral Gables.

Gonzalez has denied he ever received performance-enhancing drugs from Tony Bosch’s now-closed Biogenesis of America clinic. ESPN reported Tuesday that Gonzalez was the only client named so far who had not received PEDs.

The 27-year-old left-hander did not answer questions about the report on Wednesday, but he did make a statement to reporters, saying he hadn’t heard anything yet officially from MLB,” but plans “on sitting down and cooperating with them.”

Gonzalez says he is “confident this is going to come out good.”

• San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera says he was “a little surprised” and “disappointed” by the report that his name was listed in the records the clinic.

Cabrera declined specific comment on Biogenesis of America. He did not say whether he had taken, purchased or received performance-enhancing drugs.

Cabrera says “I’m going to fully cooperate with Major League Baseball, but I can’t say anything about that right now.”

YANKEES: Pitcher Phil Hughes could be sidelined for two weeks because of a bulging disk.

Hughes said he will be treated with anti-inflammatory medication for four or five days.

• Pitcher Michael Pineda has pleaded no contest to driving under the influence.

Hillsborough County State Attorney spokesman Mark Cox says Pineda entered the plea Wednesday in a Tampa, Fla., courtroom.

Pineda was arrested and charged with DUI in Tampa on Aug. 20 last year.

ORIOLES: Manager Buck Showalter wants to move J.J. Hardy out of the second spot in the lineup.

The shortstop is coming off his best year defensively – and a year he’d like to forget offensively.

In 2012, Hardy won his first Gold Glove in the majors, but he batted .238 with 22 home runs and 68 RBI.

“I look at it as one of the worst offensive seasons I’ve had,” Hardy said.

ANGELS: Manager Mike Scioscia says two relievers brought in to upgrade the bullpen are getting a little closer to being ready.

Right-handed closer Ryan Madson (elbow soreness) has begun throwing again while left-handed reliever Sean Burnett (back pain) is likely a week away from throwing.

GIANTS: Left-hander Javier Lopez will miss up to a week after a warmup pitch hit him on the top of his left hand during practice.

Lopez, who was catching for fellow left-hander Madison Bumgarner, a former Augusta GreenJacket, showed off the injury Wednesday, two days after it happened.

The seams of the baseball were clearly visible on his hand.

Manager Bruce Bochy was not too concerned about it and did not think it will put Lopez behind schedule.

PIRATES: Manager Clint Hurdle has named veteran right-hander A.J. Burnett the team’s starter when the club begins the 2013 season at home on April 1 against the Chicago Cubs.

It’s an honor the Pirates expected to bestow upon Burnett last spring after he came over in a trade with the New York Yankees, but Burnett fractured his orbital bone while trying to bunt during his first spring training workout and missed the first month of the season.

The 36-year-old made up for lost time, going 16-10 with a 3.51 ERA in 31 starts.

Hurdle said left-hander Wandy Rodriguez will start the second game but declined to set the rest of his rotation.


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