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Royals hire Guardians’ Brian Sweeney as pitching coach MLB, union resume blood testing after pandemic, lockout

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KANSAS CITY, Missouri. The Royals hired bullpen coach Brian Sweeney as their new pitching coach and national minor league coordinator Jose Alguacil as their in-house coach, filling two spots on new manager Matt Cuatraro’s staff.

Sweeney, 48, spent five seasons with the Guardians, including the last three years in charge of the bullpen. He also spent time in the Phillies’ player development system after an 18-year playing career that spanned from Seattle and San Diego to three years of innings in Japan and time with Italy in the World Baseball Classic.

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Alguacil spent 15 years with the Giants before spending his final season with Washington. He worked in various roles in San Francisco, including infield coordinator, minor league manager, and major league first base coach, after a nine-year playing career and beginning his coaching career at trade shows and national championships.

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Quatraro, who was hired to replace the fired Mike Matheny at Kansas City, previously announced the addition of former Tampa Bay major league fielding coordinator Paul Hoover as his bench coach.

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NEW YORK. In the first confirmation that MLB and the players’ association have resumed blood testing for growth hormone, the organizations said none of the 1,027 samples taken during the 2022 season tested positive.

HGH testing was halted in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Testing was also halted during a 99-day lockdown that ended in mid-March, with supply chain issues due to COVID-19 and additional testing precautions due to coronavirus protocols.

The Annual Public Report is published by Thomas M. Martin, Independent Administrator of MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. In an announcement accompanying Thursday’s report, MLB and the union said test processing is moving from an INRS lab in Quebec, Canada to a UCLA lab in California.

MLB tests growth hormone with a dried blood drop test, which was a change that was agreed during negotiations last winter. Far fewer samples were taken in 2022 compared to 2019, when 2,287 samples were collected – none positive.

In addition to growth hormone testing, 9,011 urine samples were collected in the year ending the 2022 World Series, up from 8,436 the previous year but down from 9,332 in 2019. a total of 72 exceptions in 2022.

In total, the league has suspended six times for performance-enhancing substances in 2022: three for Boldenone (outfielder/first baseman). Danny Santanapitcher Richard Rodriguez and infielder Jose Rondon, all free agents, 80 games apiece); one each for clomiphene (Milwaukee catcher Pedro Severino for 80 games), Clostebol (Short Stop San Diego Fernando Tatis Jr. for 80 games) and stanozolol (Milwaukee pitcher JC Mejia for 80 games).

There was an additional positive test for the banned stimulant clobenzorex. The first positive test for a prohibited stimulant leads to subsequent testing without suspension.



Source: mlb.nbcsports.com

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