Although anti-doping experts have said HCG is commonly used to replenish testosterone after a cycle of steroids, sources close to Ramirez have suggested the HCG was prescribed to combat issues surrounding sexual performance.
Ramirez is 36. Among men ages 30-39, about 2% have significantly low levels of testosterone, said Dr. Glenn Braunstein, chairman of the Department of Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Braunstein, an expert in reproductive endocrinology, said such patients generally would be treated with testosterone, not with HCG. "There's no reason to use it in healthy male adults," he said.
In rare cases, he said, HCG could be prescribed. In the case of a healthy male in Ramirez's age group, he said, the odds of such treatment would be less than 1 in 1,000.
1 in 1,000 huh? Those are about the odds of Manny and his camp telling the truth. What do the doctors know? Been lied to enough yet baseball fans?