Friday, November 30, 2012

MLB, MLBPA near agreement on expanded testing

by Paul Hagen,

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Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association are moving closer to an agreement on expanded testing for performance-enhancing substances that could be in place as early as next season.

Testing for human-growth hormone was instituted during the offseason a year ago, and MLB would like to add the ability to test for HGH during the regular season and to use enhanced procedures to reveal elevated testosterone levels. The current agreement on drug testing is part of the Basic Agreement.

"[The union] is very open to making additional changes," an MLB source said.

Baseball has been at the forefront among professional sports leagues in attempting to deal with the use of performance-enhancing substances, proposing the use of more sophisticated tests that not only note changes in the approved ratio but can also differentiate between natural and synthetic testosterone.

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