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Kazuki Yoshimi caught getting a “garlic injection”

by on Oct.23, 2009 @ 2:27 am, under NPB

The NPB caught wind of some information that Chunichi Dragons pitcher Kazuki Yoshimi might be doing something against the anti-doping rules set forth by the league.

What are "garlic injections?"

To put it simply, injections that usually include vitamins B1, B2, and glycogen.

Why are they called "garlic injections?"

There's a garlic smell that comes from the sulfur contained in vitamin B1.

These shots aren't all that special in Japan and most anyone can get them at a clinic or hospital for anywhere between 1,000 to 3,000yen.

Upon further review, it seems Yoshimi was getting "garlic injections" throughout the course of the season to help combat his fatigue levels.

While garlic injections aren't banned by the NPB specifically, the act of getting any thing intravenously (how these injections are given), without a justifiable medical reason, is.

The question here is whether or not Yoshimi had a medical condition that required the IV.

League medical chairman Atsushi Masujima said, "We hear he wasn't feeling well and that the team doctor gave him IV drips at the clinic inside [Nagoya Dome].  To that end, I've submitted a request to examine his medical chart to see what the reason was."

Unless the league finds something suspicious of Yoshimi's actions, he's free to continue playing.