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Friday, 11 May 2007 01:08

MLBPAThe Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) has rejected a request for medical records by the committee headed by former Senator George Mitchell, which is investigating performance-enhancing drug use in baseball.

Mitchell and his staff have been involved in an investigation—now more than a year long—and have recently asked for records of former and current players Sammy Sosa and Rafeal Palmeiro, along with Jason Grimsley, David Segui and Fernando Tatis,from the Baltimore Orioles. As reported by the AP:

The union has not agreed to a request for anonymous records because players fear Mitchell's staff would use information in them -- such as age, height, weight and blood type -- to connect the records to specific players, the lawyers said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to publicly discuss the talks.

During several meetings in March and April, the union agreed to a process under which teams would give players their own medical records and players could decide individually whether to release them to Mitchell.

New York Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina, a senior member of the union, predicted players wouldn't disclose medical records to the Mitchell probe.

"Aren't all people's medical records private?" he said Thursday. "They're probably wasting their time."



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