Thursday, May 7, 2009
Manny Tests Positive for Infertility Drug
As has been widely reported, Manny Rodriguez has tested positive for a performance enhancing drug and will be suspended for 50 games. The drug, known as HCG, is a female fertility drug used to help women get pregnant. Manny released a statement in which he indicated that a prescribed medication for a personal medical issue had caused him to fail the test. Indeed, infertility is a highly personal issue and this must be devastating to Mr. Ramirez, who has been trying to get pregnant for some time. Having an issue like this dragged before the public is devastating, especially since infertility is so often a very private shame for those who suffer from it, blaming themselves for their inability to get pregnant. Hopefully, Manny's struggles will put a human face on the struggles faced by infertile women and create a space for meaningful public dialogue. Manny is scheduled to appear on Oprah tomorrow to discuss his infertility, and baseball's anachronistic response to discovering his condition.