Major League Baseball could start in-season testing for human growth hormone next year.
Each player was given a blood test for HGH during spring training as part of the labor contract agreement reached in November. The agreement allows blood testing during the offseason and spring training, and if there is reasonable cause.
MLB Players Association head Michael Weiner said players will be discussing whether to expand testing to the regular season in 2013.
“We have just elected, as we do in June of even-number years, a new executive board, a new group of player reps, and over the second half of the season we’ll be trying to generate what the consensus is,” Weiner said. “There is at least a possibility, I’m not going to predict which way it’s going to go, but there’s at least a possibility that we could have in-season testing of some form as soon as next year.”
The blood testing that began in spring training could be expanded to the postseason, but that doesn’t appear likely to happen this year.
The number of games between interleague rivals such as the Yankees and Mets, and Cubs and White Sox will be reduced under Major League Baseball’s new schedule format for 2013.
The MLBPA’s Weiner said that in most instances the rivalry games will be cut from six to four or three. The new format is one result of the Houston Astros moving to the American League next year, creating two 15-team leagues and the need for interleague play throughout the season.
There will be an exception in years the rivals play the opposite division — for instance, the Cubs and White Sox would play six times in years the NL Central plays the AL Central.
The MLB Players Association may file a grievance against the Indians if they withhold pay from pitcher Nick Hagadone, who injured his hand in frustration. Team general manager Chris Antonetti said the left-hander was hurt after a bad relief outing against Tampa Bay on Friday night and said the injury was self-inflicted. The Indians optioned Hagadone to the minors Saturday then placed him on their minor league disqualification list the following day. … Mets pitcher Dillon Gee underwent surgery to remove a blood clot from an artery in his throwing shoulder. ... Baseball commissioner Bud Selig has contacted the Boston Red Sox with complaints about a film manager Bobby Valentine produced about Dominican prospects. “Ballplayer: Pelotero,” a documentary that tracks corruption in the process of signing Dominican amateurs, opens Friday.