Brewers OF Eric Thames Gets 5th Drug Test of the Year After 1st HR in 3 Weeks
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Milwaukee Brewers first baseman and outfielder Eric Thames has been getting drug-tested with great frequency this year.
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:
So, Eric Thames hits first HR in three weeks and is randomly drug tested after the game. He thinks it’s funny but doesn’t think it’s random.
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:
Adam McCalvy @AdamMcCalvy
Eric Thames was drug tested again tonight. “If people keep thinking I’m on stuff, I’ll be here every day. I have a lot of blood and urine.” https://t.co/De1smFWVj7
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.
[Twitter, h/t theScore]