Waiting game weighing heavily on Big Papi
Slugger getting frustrated at delay in obtaining test results
ST. PETERSBURG -- On July 30, David Ortiz told the media that he hoped to be able to elaborate on his 2003 positive test result for a performance-enhancing drug in "the next few days."
Six days later, Ortiz still seemed no closer to gaining the information he has been seeking, which is to find out exactly what he tested positive for during the survey testing conducted by Major League Baseball that season.
Ortiz might have underestimated all the legalities involved in the process. Because all 104 positive test samples were seized by the federal government as part of an ongoing investigation, Ortiz hasn't yet been able to obtain specific information on his sample.
The Boston Globe, citing a "baseball source familiar with the Ortiz proceedings," reported Wednesday night that the Players Association has not and will not take the legal steps necessary to get possession of Ortiz's test results.
It remains unclear if Ortiz will try to seek his own legal counsel to gain that information. What is clear is that he is frustrated at the delay in gaining the results.
The waiting game is weighing heavily on the slugger.
"It is," Ortiz said. "It's hard to think about this every day, especially in the season when you're trying to focus on playing baseball and winning games. It's a little, not a little -- a lot frustrating. I'm going to get to the bottom of this."
Ortiz was asked what the holdup is.
"I don't know," he said. "I've been trying to get my information, and when I get it, I'll let you guys know."
Did he expect the union to go to court on his behalf?
"I have no comment about that," Ortiz said. "Like I said, I'll let you guys know later what's up."
But Ortiz again wanted to make it clear he is attempting to get some answers.
"I'm trying to, I'm trying to," Ortiz said.
Ortiz was not in the starting lineup for the Red Sox on Wednesday, as manager Terry Francona used Victor Martinez as the designated hitter. Big Papi will be back in the mix on Thursday night, when the Sox open a four-game showdown at Yankee Stadium.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.