Bradley back in Mariners' starting lineup

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bradley rotoworld headshot.jpgMilton Bradley was activated from the restricted list on Wednesday evening and is in the Mariners’ lineup tonight against Blue Jays left-hander Brett Cecil, reports the Everett Herald’s Kriby Arnold

Bradley missed the last 13 games in order to sort out some of the emotional issues that have caused him to act out on and off the baseball field during his 10-year MLB career.  He left the M’s clubhouse in the middle of a game in early May and later butted heads with Seattle manager Don Wakamatsu, but will try to put it all behind him and help the Mariners climb out of the AL West cellar starting this evening.  Here’s what he told Larry Stone of the Seattle Times before the game:

“I don’t have all the answers. I’m not saying I’m cured, but I’m working ever so hard. I’m committed to the process.”

The outfielder was batting .214/.313/.371 with two home runs and 13 RBI in 70 at-bats before the Mariners placed him on the restricted list May 6.

MLB, union resume blood testing after pandemic, lockout

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NEW YORK – In the first acknowledgment that MLB and the players’ association resumed blood testing for human growth hormone, the organizations said none of the 1,027 samples taken during the 2022 season tested positive.

HGH testing stopped in 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Testing also was halted during the 99-day lockout that ended in mid-March, and there were supply chain issues due to COVID-19 and additional caution in testing due to coronavirus protocols.

The annual public report is issued by Thomas M. Martin, independent program administrator of MLB’s joint drug prevention and treatment program. In an announcement accompanying Thursday’s report, MLB and the union said test processing is moving form the INRS Laboratory in Quebec, Canada, to the UCLA Laboratory in California.

MLB tests for HGH using dried blood spot testing, which was a change that was agreed to during bargaining last winter. There were far fewer samples taken in 2022 compared to 2019, when there were 2,287 samples were collected – none positive.

Beyond HGH testing, 9,011 urine samples were collected in the year ending with the 2022 World Series, up from 8,436 in the previous year but down from 9,332 in 2019. And therapeutic use exemptions for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder dropped for the ninth straight year, with just 72 exemptions in 2022.

Overall, the league issued six suspensions in 2022 for performance-enhancing substances: three for Boldenone (outfielder/first baseman Danny Santana, pitcher Richard Rodriguez and infielder Jose Rondon, all free agents, for 80 games apiece); one each for Clomiphene (Milwaukee catcher Pedro Severino for 80 games), Clostebol (San Diego shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. for 80 games) and Stanozolol (Milwaukee pitcher J.C. Mejia for 80 games).

There was an additional positive test for the banned stimulant Clobenzorex. A first positive test for a banned stimulant results in follow-up testing with no suspension.