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.
The Dodgers announced that pitching prospect Walker Buehler will be called up to start on Monday against the Marlins. Rich Hill went on the 10-day disabled list with a cracked fingernail, so Buehler will serve as a fill-in while the lefty is out, likely for just one start.
Buehler, a 23-year-old right-hander, made his major league debut last September, making eight relief appearances. He struggled, yielding eight runs on 11 hits and eight walks with 12 strikeouts in 9 1/3 innings. He was off to a good start to his 2018 season at Triple-A Oklahoma City, owning a 2.08 ERA with 16 strikeouts and four walks in 13 innings.
Monday will be Buehler’s first major league start. He is the Dodgers’ No. 1 prospect and No. 12 overall in baseball according to MLB Pipeline.