Baseball to Perform Blood Tests in Minor Leagues
In a press release, baseball commissioner Bud Selig announced that effective immediately all Minor League players will be subjected to random blood testing for the detection of human growth hormone (HGH). This marks the first United States professional sports league to conduct blood testing.
“The implementation of blood testing in the Minor Leagues represents a significant step in the detection of the illegal use of human growth hormone," Selig said in the press release. "The Minor League Program employs state of the art testing procedures and the addition of HGH testing provides an example for all of our drug policies in the future."
The National Center for Drug Free Sport, which already performs urine sample collections under the Minor League Drug Program, will perform all blood sample collections. All samples will be collected from random players postgame from their non-dominant arms and shipped to the Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory in Salt Lake City for analysis.
Because Minor League players are not members of the Players Association, they do not fall under the blanket of the collective bargaining agreement.