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Will Steroids Haunt Troy Glaus?

It may be too early to tell if Saturday evening's report detailing how four players who legally obtained steroids through a doctor will be viewed in the future. However, one thing is certain: the most notable of those players, injured Cardinals third baseman Troy Glaus, is going to have a hard time dodging continual questions about it.

No, Glaus's situation is not Alex Rodriguez's. Glaus is a former All-Star and World Series winner, but he's a star who admitted using steroids to get back to health to bounce back from persistent shoulder problems. He's also a star who is still dogged by those problems, and who will spend the next few weeks rehabbing from another bout of offseason surgery to repair his frayed labrum.

All of that makes him a sitting duck for speculative journalists who can hound him for comments about steroids. The first salvo in that act was fired yesterday by St. Louis Dispatch Cardinals beat writer Derrick Goold, and the answers he was given from both Glaus and the team's front office were as curt and evasive as you would expect.

How badly do Glaus and the Cardinals want to turn the page? Just check out the statement from Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak below.

"I think he's very well aware of the decisions he's made in the past and he is not going to duplicate that again. I've gotten to know Troy over the past year and I trust that he's going to work as hard (on his current rehab) as he can to get back. ... In terms of what rose over the weekend, it's a dead issue."

Glaus's past indiscretions are any number of things, but a "dead issue" is not one of them. Rather, until he gets back and produces on the field for the Cardinals, it will be all but impossible for him to continually dodge questions about whether his drug use is having lingering effects on his health.

Given his age and his steadily declining production, that's a dodgy proposition at best. That's precisely why he may find himself shaking off doubts about his entire career from here on out, finding a long resume of accomplishments overshadowed by two years of desperate mistakes.

By Cameron Smith  |  April 15, 2009; 4:56 PM ET
Categories:  Angels , Cardinals , Diamondbacks  
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