Policy should be ready by March 1

Updated: February 14, 2005, 10:11 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Baseball's new steroid testing policy won't be ready when spring training starts Tuesday. The agreement is still being drafted by lawyers for owners and players.

Owners and the union announced last month that they hoped it would be in place by the time players reported to camp.

Rob Manfred, the executive vice president for labor relations in the commissioner's office, said the agreement was nearly completed. Manfred believes it would be ready by the mandatory reporting date, March 1.

Under the new agreement, players who test positive will be suspended for 10 days.


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