Marlins expected to play next home series at Miller Park

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The Marlins have two more games in Philadelphia against the Phillies before returning home for a six-game homestand against the Brewers and Mets. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins are expected to announce that the club will play at least a three-game series against the Brewers in Milwaukee at Miller Park.

Here’s a statement from Marlins president David Samson, via Mark Feinsand of MLB.com:

Major League Baseball in conjunction with the Miami Marlins agreed that it is in the best interest of our community to relocate this weekend’s Marlins games against the Milwaukee Brewers to Milwaukee. Marlins Park stood ready to host the games, but we all agreed that burdening public service resources was not the proper course of action. Following Hurricane Irma, the Miami Marlins realize that all of our employees, as well as our entire community, have other needs that must take a priority at this time. The Miami Marlins look forward to returning home on Monday to play the New York Mets.

MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy notes that attendance will be capped due to short-notice staffing issues.

The state of Florida has been ravaged by Hurricane Irma. Marlins Park appeared to have suffered some minor damage and as a result, the stadium may not yet be ready to host baseball games. The Rays have already had to move the location of some of their home games, as the club is in the midst of “hosting” the Yankees at Citi Field in New York.

Major League Baseball and the Marlins are in a tough place because teams only have one or two off-days remaining through the end of the regular season and the playoffs begin immediately afterward. There’s just no flexibility to allow the Marlins to delay a home series, so the next best thing is to move the location and make the Marlins pseudo-hosts.

The Marlins have one more short homestand before the regular season concludes, welcoming the Braves to Miami from September 28 through October 1.

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.