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Sunday, August 02, 2020

Nats’ Tres Barrera, hit with 80-game suspension for banned substance, fires back with lawsuit

“Tres Barrera claims he had never heard of Oral Turinabol when he learned he had tested positive for the drug Feb. 11. Scientifically known as Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone — and more colloquially called DHCMT — the steroid is on MLB’s banned substance list. Barrera faced a possible 80-game suspension, sending him into a tailspin in the days before spring training.
Then, at the end of last week, that suspension was officially issued under the joint drug agreement between MLB and the players’ union. Barrera, a 25-year-old catcher for the Washington Nationals, has now sued MLB, the commissioner’s office, the director of an anti-doping lab and two league-contracted labs in Utah and Montreal. Barrera is alleging that MLB’s test for DHCMT is “junk science”; that the levels found in his system do not qualify as performance-enhancing; that the test results can’t conclusively determine when the substance entered his system; and that MLB’s arbitration process was ultimately unfair because Daniel Eichner, the Utah lab director and an MLB-contracted expert, was the only scientist who testified . . .
“MLB declined to comment through a spokesman, citing the “confidential nature of the Joint MLB-MLBPA Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.” Attempts to reach Eichner were not successful. The MLB Players Association declined to comment through a spokesman, citing its inability to do so on pending litigation. The Nationals declined to comment as well.
“Tres Barrera is willing to sit on a grenade so no other players have to go through this,” Kennard said in an interview with The Washington Post. “He knows that waging this sort of fight could affect his reputation moving forward. But he is not a cheater.””

majorflaw Posted: August 02, 2020 at 07:55 AM | 9 comment(s)
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