And, it’s not a Yankees player. Whew.
Via the Times today -
Mike Jacobs, a first baseman in the Colorado Rockies organization who has played over 500 games in the major leagues, including dozens with the Mets, is the first professional baseball player to test positive for human growth hormone, a banned performance-enhancing drug.
Major League Baseball announced Thursday that Jacobs, who was playing for the Class AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox this season, has been suspended for 50 games for failing the drug test.
Jacobs, 30, who was drafted in the 38th round by the Mets in 1999 and has played for them, the Florida Marlins and the Kansas City Royals, provided the blood sample over the past few months, said a person with knowledge of the results.
His blood sample was sent to U.C.L.A.’s Olympic drug-testing lab, which is accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency, and scientists there detected H.G.H. in it. The drug, which is believed to boost lean muscle mass and aid in recovery, is illegal to possess in the United States without a doctor’s prescription.