Jays Prospect Misses Drug Test Due to Flight Costs From Alberta
Toronto Blue Jays pitching prospect Andrew Case has been suspended 50-games for failing to take a stipulated drug test. The 23-year old native of Saint John, New Brunswick split last season between Lansing and Vancouver compiling a respectable 3.10 earned run average with 11 saves in 52.1 innings of work.
I was able to speak to Case via social media in regards to the circumstances surrounding the suspension.
“I was going to be to get in shape and train for spring, I forgot all about telling drug free sports I was leaving and when I was informed I had the test I couldn’t make it back to Toronto in time. It’s really expensive to but a flight within the hour and me not being a money guy I couldn’t do it, so yea it has nothing to do with the Jays or MLB, just i have to be more mature of the situation and be sure to let drug free know. But I’ll serve it and come back ready more then ever to play and help my team win.”
Case attempted to have Drug Free Sports permit him to take the test in Alberta but to no avail.
“I tried to have them let me take the test out west in Alberta where I was at and they said it was to late.”
Case stated he wasn’t sure if the test was for performance enhancing or illegal drugs but has been tested many times in the past without any issues.
“I couldn’t even tell you what the test was for, but have been tested like 6-7 times within the two seasons and passed them no question.”
San Diego Padres farm-hand and fellow Canadian Maxx Tissenbaum shed some light on the testing protocol and the necessary responsibilities for players during the offseason.
“This is standard MLB protocol. At the end of every season the trainers give out a form along with email addresses and phone numbers for the testing organization. We are required in our contracts to tell them where we are or risk an automatic fail…when I’ve played winter ball in australia, or gone to Boston to visit my sister for a weekend I send a quick email “As a heads up I will be in ____ for ____ days if needed for testing. Best contact is by email or phone”…it’s got nothing to do with the team, it’s the players responsibility.”
A very unfortunate circumstance for the youngster and a tough lesson to learn but Case has taken ownership for his mistake and he will undoubtedly come back stronger and a better person for having dealt with the adversity.