Carlos Gómez thinks MLB’s drug testing isn’t random, targets older and Latin players

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Rays outfielder Carlos Gómez said in an interview with journalist Héctor Gómez that he doesn’t believe Major League Baseball’s drug testing is random. ESPN Deportes translated the interview in which Gomez said, “They tell you that it’s random, that they do the tests randomly and those players who go out there, go and do a drug test. Until they prove to me that it is random, I will not believe it. Because for me, it’s not random. They go and choose the person they want. It’s not random. If it’s not that, show it to me.”

Gomez added, “I have the greatest luck on my team, because they test me more than everyone else. I arrived now, three days after coming from the disabled list, and they are already testing me again.”

Gomez, 32, also said on the Yahoo Sports MLB Podcast last week, on the heels of the Robinson Cano news, that MLB targets older players and Latin players. He says he and teammates Sergio Romo and Denard Span (recently traded to the Mariners) have been drug tested frequently this season. Gomez estimates that he has been tested somewhere between five and seven times this season already.

Brewers first baseman Eric Thames, who is not Latin but might qualify as “older,” was famously drug tested repeatedly after getting off to a hot start last season following his return to the United States from South Korea. Thames, however, didn’t feel like he was being targeted specifically.

This season, Gomez has scuffled to a .194/.260/.348 batting line with six home runs and 12 RBI in 170 plate appearances. He inked a one-year, $4 million deal with the Rays in February.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.