Report: Players warned over deer spray
ESPN.com news services
MLB players have been issued a warning
over the use of deer-antler spray, a substance administered under the
tongue that includes a banned chemical known for its muscle-building and
fat-cutting effects, SI.com has reported.
Players had felt free to use the spray at nearly no risk until the warning was sent last week by the league, the report said.
In its warning, issued in reaction to reports from the
drug-testing industry, MLB requested players not use the spray because
it contained "potentially contaminated nutritional supplements" and had
been added to the league's cautionary list of products.
The warning was not issued because the spray includes the banned chemical, SI.com reported.
or insulin-like growth factor, can't be detected in the urine tests
used by baseball, and the players' association has not come to an
agreement with MLB on blood testing.
According to the report,
scientists discovered IGF-1 in the velvet of immature deer antlers and
players have been using it as an alternative to steroids.
chemical is considered a performance-enhancer and its use is prohibited
by baseball and the World Anti-Doping Agency, among other governing
bodies. IGF-1 is said to mediate the level of human growth hormone in
the body, SI.com reported.
MLB said in its warning that the spray
can cause players to test positive for the banned steroid
methyltestosterone, though it is not listed as an ingredient, the report
Among the benefits highlighted by manufacturers of the
spray are "anabolic or growth stimulation," "athletic performance" and
"muscular strength and endurance."