Major League Baseball and the MLBPA just released the annual public report from the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program’s Independent Program Administrator. Which is basically the State of Drugs in Baseball report. Highlights:
- There were 3868 drug tests given for PEDs in 2011;
- Thirteen tests resulted in positives which resulted in discipline, 12 of which were for stimulants and only one of which was for what the drug program calls “a performance enhancing substance”;
- There were 111 therapeutic use exemptions, allowing players to use otherwise banned substances. 105 of those were for ADD, two for high blood pressure, two for post-concussion syndrome, one for hypogonadism, and one for narcolepsy.
As Jeff Passan noted on Twitter a few minutes ago, those ADD exemptions represent 8.8% of 40-man rosters. It is estimated that 4.7 percent of adults have ADD.
ADD drugs are stimulants and stimulants are the most commonly abused drugs by ballplayers. Just sayin’!
Free agent right-hander Trevor Cahill reportedly has a one-year deal in place with the Athletics, according to MLB.com’s Jane Lee. The exact terms have yet to be disclosed, and as the agreement is still pending a physical, it has not been formally announced by the club.
Cahill, 30, is coming off of a decent, albeit underwhelming year with the Padres and Royals. He kicked off the 2017 season with a 4-3 record in 11 starts for the Padres, then split his time between the rotation and bullpen after a midseason trade to the Royals. By the end of the year, the righty led the league with 16 wild pitches and had racked up a 4.93 ERA, 4.8 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 in 84 innings for the two teams.
The A’s found themselves in desperate need of rotation depth this week after Jharel Cotton announced he’d miss the 2018 season to undergo Tommy John surgery. Right now, the team is considering some combination of Andrew Triggs, Daniel Gossett, Daniel Mengden and Paul Blackburn for the back end of the rotation — a mix that seems unlikely to change in the last two weeks before Opening Day, as Lee points out that Cahill won’t be ready to shoulder a full workload by then. Instead, he’s expected to begin the year in the bullpen and work his way up to a starting role, where the A’s hope he’ll replicate the All-Star numbers he produced with them back in 2010.