Originally written February 11, 2013 on RedSoxLife:
Yesterday, former Red Sox closer Jon Papelbon admitted to taking the legal yet controversial drug Toradol. This is the same anti-inflammatory drug that Clay Buchholz admitted to taking last season and it is what he blames for his esophagitis that cost him 20 games in 2012. One of the known side effects for Toradol is esophagitis, a swelling and bleeding of the esophagus. Toradol is frowned on by many organizations around the majors. During his 2011 physical with the Phillies, Papelbon's tests showed that he had Toradol in his system, and the Phillies made it known that they did not encourage those types of drugs. Papelbon has said he no longer takes the drug with his new team. They told me, 'We don't do that here.' That kind of surprised me, [but] I haven't had a single Toradol shot since.So if this drug is legal, why is this such big news to MLB? Well, Red Sox fans, it cost Clay Buchholz, our ace, quite a bit of time last season. Who knows what else it has done...
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