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’!
Here are the Cubs and Pirates lineups for tonight’s Wild Card game in Pittsburgh:
CF Dexter Fowler
RF Kyle Schwarber
LF Kris Bryant
1B Anthony Rizzo
3B Tommy La Stella
2B Starlin Castro
C Miguel Montero
SS Addison Russell
SP Jake Arrieta
Cubs manager Joe Maddon wanted Tommy La Stella in the lineup over Jorge Soler or Chris Coghlan, so he starts at third base and Kris Bryant shifts to left field. Bryant started just four games in left field all season, compared to 136 starts at third base. Also of note: After batting Addison Russell ninth–behind the pitcher–116 times this season Maddon has him in the more traditional eighth spot tonight.
RF Gregory Polanco
3B Josh Harrison
CF Andrew McCutchen
LF Starling Marte
C Francisco Cervelli
2B Neil Walker
SS Jordy Mercer
1B Sean Rodriguez
SP Gerrit Cole
Pedro Alvarez started 119 games at first base for the Pirates and with right-hander Jake Arrieta on the mound he was the presumed starter tonight, but instead manager Clint Hurdle has benched the 27-homer slugger in favor of utility man Sean Rodriguez. Alvarez is vastly superior to Rodriguez offensively, especially versus a righty, but he’s also very shaky defensively. During the regular season Rodriguez started a grand total of one game at first base against a right-hander, so this qualifies as a hunch by Hurdle.