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Baseball tests subpoenaed before destruction

SAN FRANCISCO -- The samples from drug tests taken last year by Barry Bonds and six other baseball players have not been destroyed and can be retested to determine if the players used a designer drug at the center of an alleged steroid-distribution ring, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The seven players in question testified before a grand jury last
year, and investigators had been seeking the results from the drug
tests. It was believed that only written reports existed, but The
Chronicle reported on its Web site Friday night that four sources
with knowledge of the subpoena process said the actual urine
samples remained and could be retested.

That would allow investigators to determine whether the players
used THG, which was allegedly given to athletes by the Bay Area
Laboratory Co-Operative.

Bonds' personal trainer, Greg Anderson, was among four men
indicted last month on charges of illegally supplying
performance-enhancing drugs from BALCO. All four pleaded innocent.

"I don't have any concerns that this would be legally
significant to Barry," Bonds' attorney, Michael Rains, told The
Chronicle.

The other players who testified before the grand jury were Gary Sheffield, Jason Giambi, Jeremy Giambi, Benito Santiago, Armando Rios and Bobby Estalella.

The subpoenas for the tests are due to be returned next
Thursday.

Last month, baseball's union and management agreed to put THG on
the list of banned substances. The Food and Drug Administration
ruled Oct. 28 that it is an illegal drug. Because baseball and
other sports did not know about THG before October, drug
testing was unable to detect it.

Last year's drug testing was done on a survey basis to see if
steroid use was widespread enough to warrant testing with
punishment this season. Between 5 and 7 percent of tests were
positive, which led to a drug plan with discipline being instituted
this season.

The grand jury subpoenaed all documents and materials related to
the tests before they could be destroyed, as mandated under the
Collective Bargaining Agreement.