SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -United States consular officials in the Dominican Republic are reviewing visa applications from professional baseball players who have served suspensions for using performance-enhancing drugs.
``We're working very closely with Major League Baseball on this,'' U.S. embassy spokesman David Searby said. ``Any controlled substance that's on the list triggers these kinds of reviews.''
Players who are not U.S. citizens need work visas before they can arrive for spring training. Baseball union head Donald Fehr said Sunday that the union will attempt to ensure foreign players are treated the same as U.S. citizens.
``I just heard recently that an issue of that type had risen. Our position would be that players from wherever they come have to be treated the same as American players,'' Fehr said.
``We would help out in any way we could to make sure that someone is treated the same way an American player would be treated. I don't know what the result would be, but that's our view, everyone has to be treated the same way.''
Advertisement

Top MLB Public Bets

Advertisement

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail O's inch closer to playoffs; Yanks in spoiler role Baltimore could have wilted following last week’s sweep at the hands of the AL East-leading Red Sox. Instead, Buck Showalter’s bunch is motoring full steam...
Thumbnail Giants' Cueto looks to snatch set from Rockies It’s not quite a must-win situation, but the Giants couldn’t be more excited to hand the ball to Johnny Cueto this evening.
Thumbnail A's try to thwart Mariners' playoff push The Mariners are among the hottest teams in baseball. Yet do they have enough time to creep into the playoffs?
Thumbnail Reds continue to harm Cards' playoff chances   After another flop at Busch Stadium, the Cardinals need a flamethrowing 22-year-old to keep them afloat in the National...
Thumbnail Giants aim to obliterate Rockies again San Francisco erupted for 19 hits in last night’s victory over Colorado. Will the West Coast crowd witness further offensive heroics...
More inMLB Articles  

MLB Team Pages