The MLB and MLBPA jointly released a summary report of drug tests performed since 2007, stating that 10,955 took place from the start of the 2007 offseason through the beginning of this year.
The breakdown is as follows:
3,486 tests in 2008
3,722 tests in 2009 (121 in the offseason)
3,747 tests in 2010 (138 in the offseason)
I certainly wouldn’t have guessed that there were so few offseason tests. With somewhere around 1,000-1,100 players on 40-man rosters eligible to be tested, that means barely one out of every eight players is getting tested over the winter.
On the other hand, it looks like everyone is getting tested multiple times during the season.
Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal reports that Mets second baseman Neil Walker is expected to undergo season-ending surgery to fix a herniated disk in his lower back. Walker has avoided the disabled list but hasn’t played since last Saturday and has only two starts since August 22.
If Walker does indeed go under the knife, he’ll end his first season with the Mets with a terrific .282/.347/.476 triple-slash line with 23 home runs and 55 RBI in 458 plate appearances. While the Mets couldn’t have foreseen Daniel Murphy having such a terrific season, Walker was more than adequate in Murphy’s shoes at second base.
Kelly Johnson and Wilmer Flores have handled second base in Walker’s absence and will continue to do so through the remainder of the season.
Rockies 1B/OF Stephen Cardullo celebrated his 29th birthday on Wednesday, so the rookie decided to celebrate by homering in both games of his team’s doubleheader at home against the Dodgers.
In the first game, Cardullo pinch-hit for Chris Rusin in the seventh inning and drilled a solo home run off of Casey Fien. In the second game, Cardullo smacked a grand slam to left-center field off of Bud Norris in the first inning.
Cardullo made his major league debut this past Friday. He was hitless in his first five at-bats before singling as a pinch-hitter on Monday.