Pitcher Steve Howe has tested positive for cocaine and will be asked to leave the San Jose Bees to seek medical help, according to Harry Steve, the team's president.
Steve said he was told the results showed a "99.9%" certainty of cocaine use. The test was checked twice by a technician at Laboratory Services, a San Jose firm, he said.
Howe was suspended in May because of a drug test supervised by Commissioner Peter Ueberroth's representatives. The Bees were informed that the test in May was positive for cocaine, but Howe denied using any drugs and won reinstatement last month when his lawyers negotiated a settlement with Ueberroth's office.
Steve, the Bees' president, said he planned to ask Howe to go on the retired list and re-enter a rehabilitation program.