Mets’ And Yankees’ Take On HGH Testing
HGH testing is in full swing in the MLB, which was agreed upon with the new Collective Bargaining Agreement signed last season. Many players have been tested so far and the general consensus is that it is too draining on the body for in-season testing, which is something that the MLB obviously wants to implement. There has been another group of HGH testing recently and the response of the some players on the Yankees and Mets is a little bit different than what we first heard from others.
Yankee pitcher Phil Hughes underwent HGH testing and said the amount of blood taken for the test is the same as a normal physical. He did say that it is a pain and he also said that he wishes the MLB didn’t have to do this, but he is willing to do it. He said he doesn’t have a problem doing it every once in a while. However, taking his blood in short time intervals and even taking blood before having to pitch would definitely be a problem for him.
The Mets started their first HGH testing cycle last Wednesday. The 40 players on the roster had blood taken for the tests on Wednesday and Thursday. The Mets are not the first team to be tested during this off-season, and definitely won’t be the last. Mets players Josh Thole says that he applauds the MLB for implementing HGH testing. He even went as far as saying that he doesn’t care about the testing procedures at all, whether it be in the off season or during the season. He is happy to have the playing field level again.
Interestingly enough, many Mets players are skeptical of Ryan Braun’s successful appeal after failing a drug test for synthetic testosterone last year. One player even openly spoke out and said that he thinks the reversal is a joke and doesn’t think Braun isn’t innocent at all.