Baseball commissioner Bud Selig says it's too soon to determine whether a blood test for human growth hormone can be used for minor leaguers.
The United Kingdom Anti-Doping authority announced a two-year ban on Feb. 23 for rugby player Terry Newton, saying he had tested positive and was the first athlete suspended for using HGH.
Selig, speaking Monday before receiving a lifetime achievement award at the annual dinner of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, said Dr. Gary Green, Major League Baseball’s outside expert, and other medical staff were examining the data. Selig said the scientific experts haven’t been able to give him a time frame for their conclusions.
“I want them to come back and tell me what this means, and they already have said they can’t do it right now, so there’s no sense in me speculating, because I don’t know,” Selig said. “They’ve got a lot of work to do to determine the authenticity of it.”
Selig can start blood testing on players with minor league contracts at any time.
Ali visits Padres
Muhammad Ali gave the San Diego Padres the thrill of a lifetime when he made a clubhouse visit .
Dozens of players and coaches waited in a long line to shake hands and take pictures with the boxing great, who made a 45-minute appearance in Peoria, Ariz., for the Athletes for Hope foundation.
“This is the top unless I ever meet Michael Jordan,” outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. said. “I’m typically not star-struck, but I was today. I’m taking that picture home and I’m going to show it to my wife and have that for my kids when they get older.”
K-Rod feeling better
All-Star closer Francisco Rodriguez returned to New York Mets camp after being hampered by conjunctivitis for more than two weeks.
Rodriguez had been told to stay away from the team until the pink eye cleared, but the contagious infection took longer than expected to improve. He was sick when he reported to New York’s spring facility, but it went undiagnosed until just before full-squad workouts began Feb. 25.
The right-hander said he went to a doctor on Friday and was cleared to return Monday, although he still is infected. He continues to take eye drops and isn’t allowed to wear contacts yet.
Former MLB executive Sandy Alderson has been hired by the commissioner’s office as a consultant to help reform Dominican Republic operations. … Chien-Ming Wang is back with the Washington Nationals, but there’s no timetable for the right-hander’s return to the mound. … Florida Marlins center fielder Cameron Maybin learned a scary lesson over the weekend. Maybin said his strained left groin felt better Monday, but he’ll miss at least a few spring training games. He was hurt rounding third base Sunday against St. Louis. … St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols did not make the trip for a game against the Boston Red Sox because of discomfort in his lower back. … Yankees closer Mariano Rivera threw 34 pitches during his first batting practice session.