September 1, 2014
BALTIMORE (AP) - Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz fended off further questions Friday about his 2003 drug test, saying he needed more time to gather information.
The New York Times, citing unidentified lawyers with knowledge of the results, reported Thursday that Ortiz and former teammate Manny Ramirez were among the 104 players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs six years ago. The list was supposed to be confidential.
Ortiz said Thursday he was "blindsided" by the disclosure, but acknowledged the players' union confirmed he tested positive.
Rob Manfred, Major League Baseball's executive vice president of labor relations, said all players take at least two drug tests a year.