Major League Baseball told the New York Times it would release the number of players who had first-time positive tests for amphetamines in 2008. On Thursday, however, the league said the number of positive amphetamine tests would not be included in the report on the drug-testing program to be released in January 2009.
Rob Manfred, baseball's executive vice president for labor relations, told The Times Thursday the commissioner's office and the players union would withhold the number of positive amphetamine tests because, "under our program, first-time positive tests for amphetamines are treated as confidential, and because of that, those numbers will be kept private."
League officials said a misunderstanding about the drug-testing policy led to the conflicting reports.
"The report will detail the number of tests conducted this year, the number of positives for steroids, the names of the substances players tested positive for and the number of therapeutic-use exemptions but will not include the total number of amphetamine positives," Manfred told The Times.