Sci­en­tist crit­i­cizes HGH test in mi­nors

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - — From wire re­ports

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.

Else­where …

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.

Rob Carr

Bal­ti­more Ori­oles first base­man Ty Wig­gin­ton, cen­ter, is re­strained af­ter be­ing ejected on Thurs­day.

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