Sledge won't be sanctioned by MLB

Updated: January 13, 2004, 6:13 PM ET
Associated Press

Terrmel Sledge, an outfielder in the Montreal Expos' farm system, has become the second player on a major league roster to test positive for steroids and has been banned from international competition for two years.

Sledge, 26, who flunked the test during a U.S. Olympic training camp in October, does not face any sanctions from Major League Baseball.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced Tuesday that traces of banned anabolic steroids were found in a urine sample taken from Sledge, a native of Fayetteville, N.C., who attended Cal-State Northridge and Long Beach State and now lives in Valencia, Calif.

Sledge, who is on the Expos' 40-man roster, hit .324 for Triple-A Edmonton last season after batting a combined .294 in 2002 for Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Ottawa.

The announcement of Sledge's positive test and suspension comes a week after a similar announcement involving Anaheim Angels reliever Derrick Turnbow, who also flunked a steroids test at the U.S. Olympic training camp.

Major League Baseball will begin penalizing players for steroid use this season after more than 5 percent of last year's anonymous tests came back positive. A first positive test for steroid use will result in treatment, but no suspension.

Since Turnbow and Sledge tested positive in 2003, they will not be required to undergo such treatment.

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