Alright, this is getting a little ridiculous.
According to Tom Haudricourt, Eric Thames was drug tested Friday night. Again.
#Brewers Eric Thames might have been wrong when he said “I have plenty of blood and urine." Tested last nite for third time in 10 days.— Tom (@Haudricourt) April 29, 2017
Not only is it the third test in 10 days, but it’s the second one in less than a week. He was last tested on Tuesday night. When you add in the spring training drug test every player takes, that’s four so far this year.
Presumably, every test has been clean so far. There’s an appeals process before any positive tests are announced, but given the attention Thames has received to this point, it’s hard to believe a positive test wouldn’t have been leaked to the media.
Of course, even if it seems like borderline harassment, the frequent “random” tests are entirely within the rules of baseball’s testing policy, which doesn’t place a limit on the number of tests a player can be subjected to during a season. Still, it’s easy to wonder if the players union can file some sort of grievance over this, since it’s extremely hard to believe that three drug tests — both urine and blood, which test for separate things — in 10 days is entirely the luck of the draw.
At least it sounds like Thames is taking it all in stride:
To be clear about frequent tests, Thames isn’t upset. Actually seems amused. But you’d have a hard time selling the “random” part to him.— Tom (@Haudricourt) April 29, 2017
For the rest of us, the entire situation kind of makes you, well, scratch your head.