Major League Baseball is not picking on Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, but he will face more drug tests than the average player.
In a statement released today Commissioner Rob Manfred stated, “Let me be clear about this; he’ll be tested exactly like every other player who has violated the program. The program requires more frequent testing for players who are coming back after a suspension.”
Rodriguez was suspended for all 162 games last season and according to league stipulations he is subject to six unannounced urine tests as well as three unannounced blood tests in the 12 months following the violation. Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, who was suspended 25 games last season for using the banned substance Adderall, is also facing increased amounts of testing.
The PED problem continues to haunt athletes and the professional organizations they represent. Major League Baseball is looking to move on from the controversies while improving their drug testing procedures.
Rodriguez and Manfred have reportedly met three times since his automatic reinstatement following the conclusion of the World Series and both men seem to have put the past behind them.
“I think I’ve been pretty public about this,” Manfred said. “Alex served a very long suspension. Once he served that time, baseball ought to welcome him back — and I think we’ve done a good job. The institution as a whole; teams, central baseball, everybody. He’s played well. Good for him.”
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