"Today I was informed by a reporter that I was on the 2003 list of MLB players to test positive for performance-enhancing substances. This happened right before our game, and the news blindsided me.
"I want to talk about this situation and I will as soon as I have more answers. In the meantime I want to let you know how I am approaching this situation. One, I have already contacted the Players Association to confirm if this report is true. I have just been told that the report is true. Based on the way I have lived my life, I am surprised to learn I tested positive.
"Two, I will find out what I tested positive for. And, three, based on whatever I learn, I will share this information with my club and the public. You know me — I will not hide and I will not make excuses."
Not sure why Ortiz would need to know for what he tested positive, unless he was taking more than one substance. Because surely if he was taking PEDs he'd have some sense of what he was doing, right? No claims of "I drank a Sprite someone gave me, and it was a bit cloudy, so I put it down", ok?
And, apparently and according to Ortiz' comments, players were NOT told of their positive tests.