NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball and the players’ association resumed doping testing on Friday after an absence of nearly 3 1/2 months.
Sanctioned tests had been in place from 2004 to December 1. They were discontinued the following day due to the management lockout.
Opiates and opioids were clarified on the banned substance as prohibited both naturally and synthetically under drugs of abuse in the joint drug program, as part of the memorandum of understanding signed on Thursday. MLB said it has been tested since spring training 2020.
Mandatory, unannounced urine tests will be performed at random times throughout spring training rather than in conjunction with physical exams.
Blood tests for human growth hormone will be performed by dried blood drops rather than blood draws, subject to approval by outside experts, although draws are permitted for reasonable cause.
Team doctors are allowed to write short-term prescriptions for painkillers as long as they are registered in the medical records system.
Follow-up testing following a positive test will occur during the 12 months commencing the disciplinary notice rather than sample collection. The parties also agreed to a joint investigation into whether contaminated meat products in the Dominican Republic could cause positive tests for the performance-enhancing substances Boldenone and Nandrolone.