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David Ortiz supports MLB's random drug testing

Posted by Michael Vega, Globe Staff  August 23, 2012 06:45 PM

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Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz said Thursday he was in full support off Major League Baseball’s random drug testing program in the wake of the 50-game suspensions handed down to Giants’ outfielder Melky Cabrera and A’s pitcher Bartolo Colon, both of whom tested positive for synthetic testosterone.

"It’s legit,’’ Ortiz said of the testing program, which he said he was subjected to about 20 times since its inception, about 2-3 times this season. "I believe in our drug testing even more than I did when we first started it.’’

Ortiz would not stand in judgment of Cabrera or Colon.

"I’m nobody to judge anyone,’’ Ortiz said. "Whatever you do, you do if you have a reason to do it. Bottom line is, you got to be ready for the results. What they’ve been into the last couple of weeks has got to be a nightmare for them, for their family, their career.

"Our drug program is legit. You don’t get away with [expletive], and if you see the way they test you, it tells you a lot.’’

Ortiz said it was regrettable that players still felt compelled to test the limits of MLB's drug testing policy.

"They say they came up with the ideal of cleaning up the game and they're doing it,'' Ortiz said. "They're doing a great job.''

Ortiz said players were subject to random testing in the offseason and that there were no excuses when it came to ingesting banned substances during off-season training because "before you use it, you got to go through MLB - period. No excuses.

"If you want to be in the MLB, you've got to be clean. If they catch you with something in your system, you're just as guilty as someone who does steroids ... [MLB] wants to make sure we're doing it the right way. If you want to be part of MLB, you got to keep it clean.

"I absolutely understand. I don't think [the suspensions] are unfair at all. I'm a huge believer in the drug testing program.''

In 2009, the New York Times reported that Ortiz was among roughly 100 major league players who tested positive for PEDs in a 2003 survey test.

Ortiz later confirmed he tested positive but denied using steroids. He suggested the result came from supplements he was using at the time.

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