Major League Baseball is beginning a program to start testing its minor league players for Human Growth Hormone. MLB already tests both major and minor league players for steroids and other Performance Enhancing Drugs. However, until very recently there was not an effective test to detect HGH.
On Monday, a British rugby player became the first athlete ever suspended for using HGH. Until now, the MLB players union has balked at potential HGH testing because it involved a blood rather than a urine test. Minor leaguers are not union members and commissioner Bud Selig can implement testing on those players without their collectively bargained approval. ESPN blogger/columnist Buster Olney came out in favor of HGH testing for Major League players in an article yesterday.