An excerpt from the new book “Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis and the Quest to End Baseball’s Steroid Era” reveals that the embattled Yankees slugger used testosterone — a banned performance-enhancer — in 2007 with the consent of Major League Baseball under a therapeutic use exemption, or TUE.
The exemptions have been increasingly common in baseball in the days of drug testing. As recently as 2013, nearly 10 percent of major-leaguers had permission to use Adderall, a banned stimulant used to treat attention-deficit disorder.
But as the book excerpt presented in Sports Illustrated notes, testosterone exemptions are far more rare. Rodriguez was one of only two players granted a TUE for “androgen deficiency medications,” which include testosterone. In 2013, three MLB players had exemptions for hypogonadism, a condition in which the body does not produce sufficient testosterone.
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Smith is making $4.5 million this year. He was obtained in an offseason trade with Oakland.
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