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Kazuki Yoshimi cleared of any violations

by on Oct.25, 2009 @ 2:34 am, under NPB
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There was a press conference on Saturday to announce that Kazuki Yoshimi's "garlic injections" were not against doping rules set forth by the league.

League medical chairman Atsushi Masujima said, "There was justifiable cause for the use of injections."

According to the medical reports that were submitted to the NPB by the Chunichi Dragons, the doctor that examined Yoshimi had a medical reason for giving Yoshimi garlic injections and that the injections weren't necessarily provided as a means to help boost his energy.

Masujima added, "He did receive similar treatments on a number of separate occasions, but it was not something that was happening on any frequent / regular basis."

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An update on the Kazuki Yoshimi situation

by on Oct.24, 2009 @ 1:43 am, under NPB
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The NPB issued a request sometime on Thursday or Friday to see Kazuki Yoshimi's medical records and the Dragons complied on Friday by submitting Yoshimi's records from the period of time that he received the garlic injections.

This Sponichi article also carries the following explanation:

According to the NPB medical committee, "energy shots" are only allowed if their use can be medically justified.  That requires the following:

  1. a medical record that was maintained by a doctor for the treatment in question; and
  2. the treatment involved medical supplies accepted under the [Japanese] Pharmaceutical Affairs Law.

If a player is found to be breaking the anti-doping rules, as set forth by the medical committee, the player in question will be suspended (the length is dependent upon the severity and comes in four levels).  If it is found that a team helped a player break the anti-doping rules, the team in question can be fined up to 10M yen.  Players and teams do have the right to file a petition if they feel that the ruling is incorrect.

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Kazuki Yoshimi caught getting a “garlic injection”

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

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