Lawyer Says Wiggins’ Medical Reports Will Not Be Made Available to Padres
A lawyer for the baseball players’ union, apparently fearing leaks to the news media, said Monday that medical reports from Alan Wiggins’ recent stay at a drug treatment center are being kept from the San Diego Padres not because they contain incriminating evidence, but because the Padres have no right to see them.
The reports, containing psychological evaluations of Wiggins, will be given to major league baseball’s Joint Review Counsel, which soon will make a ruling on whether Wiggins is medically fit to play baseball this season. Wiggins mysteriously disappeared from the team in April in Los Angeles, then later admitted to having lapsed back into drug abuse.
“I will give them to the JRC (Joint Review Counsel), but not to the Padres,” said Eugene Orza, associate general counsel for the Major League Players Assn. “They forfeited their right with the way they’ve handled themselves. Suppose, and this is completely hypothetical, that those records said Alan beat up his sister when he was 8. You think that wouldn’t leak? There’s no doubt about it.
“I wouldn’t give those records (to the Padres) if they only said Alan Wiggins was 6-foot, 180 pounds. They’re not entitled to them.”