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MLB, union stopped blood testing for HGH due to pandemic


AP Baseball Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball and the players’ association stopped blood testing for Human Growth Hormone because of the coronavirus pandemic. Blood testing for HGH began in 2012 and 412 samples with no positive results were collected in the year ending with the 2020 World Series. MLB and the union never publicly announced the stoppage in blood testing but its absence was revealed when Thomas M. Martin, the independent administrator of the joint drug program, released his annual report. The decision to interrupt blood testing during the pandemic was made because drawing blood is more invasive than urine testing.

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