Brewers OF Eric Thames Gets 5th Drug Test of the Year After 1st HR in 3 Weeks


NEW YORK, NY - MAY 31:  Eric Thames #7 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrates with teamates after hitting a two run home run against Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets in the first inning during their game at Citi Field on May 31, 2017 in New York City.

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Milwaukee Brewers first baseman and outfielder Eric Thames has been getting drug-tested with great frequency this year.

“Randomly.”

After the 30-year-old, who spent the last three years in South Korea, blasted his 14th home run of the season in a 7-1 win over the New York Mets on Wednesday, he was given his fifth drug test of the year, per Tom Hardicourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Here’s the shot:

During a red-hot April, which featured 11 dingers, Thames was tested three times in 10 days. He told reporters that he has “lots of blood and urine” to test:

Ken Rosenthal detailed why the frequent testing is the result of the MLB‘s Joint Drug Agreement, which mandates “extensive mandatory follow-up” tests for players “who reach agreement to return to a major-league club after being out of affiliated baseball (majors or minors) for one calendar year or longer.”

Thames isn’t being singled-out; his resurgence at the dish just makes it look that way.

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