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.
Almost exactly a year ago, Diamondbacks outfielder Steven Souza Jr. tore a bicep while diving for a ball in a spring training game. He’d play in only 72 games last year but he really wasn’t healthy for any of them, with the injury and aggravations to it costing him production and causing him pain.
When he started spring training this year he said he’d take it easier in games that didn’t count so he could be ready for the regular season. Sadly, he was once again injured on the eve of Opening Day, crumbling to the ground after injuring his knee while scoring on a double in an exhibition game against the White Sox (video here if you want to see it).
The injury looked bad — he was in obvious pain and could not put any weight on the leg while being helped off the field. He’s undergoing an MRI today and we’ll hear more soon, but it does not look good.
Assuming Souza is out for an extended period, Adam Jones will likely be the Dbacks’ everyday right fielder.