Scientist criticizes HGH test in minors
NEW YORK — A scientist who has worked to develop a urine test for human growth hormone says the blood test baseball plans to use for minor leaguers can only detect the substance for six to 12 hours. Don Catlin says the test, announced Thursday by commissioner Bud Selig, is of limited use.
Gary Wadler, who leads the World Anti-Doping Agency committee that determines the banned-substances list, says the test serves as a deterrent and is valuable because HGH users are likely to take the substance on a daily basis.
Orioles first baseman Ty Wigginton received a threegame suspension and a fine for bumping an umpire during an argument in Thursday’s game against the Minnesota Twins. Wigginton says he will appeal the ruling.
The Orioles activated second baseman Brian Roberts from the 60-day disabled list and put him in the starting lineup for Friday’s game.
San Jose, Calif., Mayor Chuck Reed wants to put a measure on the November ballot to approve a stadium for the Oakland Athletics, even though Major League Baseball has yet to decide whether the club can relocate.
Five more players were suspended for positive drug tests under baseball’s minor league program. Washington pitchers Juan Diaz and Jorge Hernandez; Florida Marlins pitchers Yeims Mendoza and Andy Parra; and Cleveland pitcher Luis Morel were penalized 50 games each by the commissioner’s office. There have been 54 suspensions this year under the minor league program. Cincinnati pitcher Edinson Volquez was suspended under the major league program.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel dismissed hitting coach Milt Thompson and replaced him with Greg Gross, hoping to jump-start an offense that’s been struggling for nearly two months. Gross has been with Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the past three seasons.
Baltimore Orioles first baseman Ty Wigginton, center, is restrained after being ejected on Thursday.