Rangers manager admits he used drugs during playing days, too

Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington admitted Thursday that he used amphetamines and smoked marijuana during his playing days.

“When you’re young, you make mistakes,” Washington said. “I wish I could take back some of the mistakes I made when I was young, but I can’t. The mistakes I made when I was young don’t have anything to do with what I’m facing today.”

He said he used marijuana in the minor leagues from 1971 to ’81 and occasionally used amphetamines while he was in the majors. Washington, 57, played for four teams during 10 seasons, with the bulk of his major league time coming between 1981 and 1989. During his playing days, the use of amphetamines was common in baseball clubhouses.

He knows that doesn’t make what he did right.

“I can just keep repeating: I made some mistakes in my younger days and I want to get past them,” he said. “I want to move forward.”

Agency calls for HGH tests

The World Anti-Doping Agency asked Major League Baseball to start issuing blood tests for human growth hormone.

“We continue to read statements from the MLB commissioner and MLBPA representatives questioning the appropriateness of implementing blood testing in their league. This is nonsense,” WADA president John Fahey said.

It’s part of baseball’s collective bargaining agreement that, should a urine test for HGH become viable, it would be instituted. Blood-testing has been a trickier issue.

Rob Manfred, baseball’s executive vice president of labor relations and human resources, accused WADA of ignorance.

“Major League Baseball representatives have publicly stated numerous times ... that we are currently exploring the feasibility of conducting blood testing for HGH,” Manfred said.

Extra bases

Minnesota Twins closer Joe Nathan will play catch this weekend as he tries to decide if he can pitch with a torn ligament in his right elbow. ... Cubs reliever Angel Guzman will have surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right shoulder and could be out for the season. ... Philadelphia Phillies closer Brad Lidge gave up three hits and a run in an inning of work Thursday, his first action against live batters this spring since offseason surgery on his right knee and elbow.