Manny, Ortiz Both on '03 Doping List

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 30, 2009 1:08 PM CDT
Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Insiders say both Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz are on “the list” of baseball players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003, the New York Times reports. Ramirez recently finished a 50-game suspension for taking a banned drug; it’s the first time Ortiz—Ramirez’s teammate on two World Series-winning Boston Red Sox squads—has been linked to such substances.

Now that they are separated—outfielder Ramirez is with the Los Angeles Dodgers—their fortunes appear to be deteriorating. “I’m not talking about that anymore,” Ortiz, a designated hitter, said today of the 2003 tests, which were supposed to be kept confidential by the players union but mysteriously surfaced. Insiders say which substances the players tested positive for is unclear. (Read more Manny Ramirez stories.)