Matt Terl
Sunday November 20th, 2011

The new Major League Baseball collective bargain agreement is itself just a report at this point, a verbal agreement that is expected to be signed early next week.  But within that overarching narrative, there are rumors of specifics within the agreement, perhaps most notably a report from ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney that the new CBA will include blood testing for human growth hormone.

Olney cites two league sources claiming that this testing will begin in spring training prior to the 2012 season, and that the penalty for a positive HGH test will not exceed the penalty for a positive steroid test: a 50 game suspension. HGH testing in minor league baseball has been in place since last year; Mike Jacobs, a first baseman then with the Colorado Rockies organization, was the first minor league ballplayers suspended for failing an HGH test, in August of 2011.

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