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July 11, 1986

Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth, after receiving inquiries into the status of his drug program, stated that his office has expanded testing to include major league players.

Ueberroth instituted random testing among minor league players and major league front-office personnel in July 1985. At that time, he was unable to include major league players because of a collective bargaining agreement with the players' association.

But there are two categories of major league players currently being tested for drugs, a statement by the commissioner's office said. The first group consists of an unspecified number of players who have guaranteed contracts containing drug-testing clauses.

The other group consists of the 21 players who were implicated in the Pittsburgh drug trial last summer. As part of the agreement allowing those players to resume their careers, Ueberroth required that they submit to testing, donate a percentage of their salaries and conduct community service work.

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