Saturday, February 27, 2010

Berkman on HGH testing

Fallas Notes column makes another appearance, this time for Berkman's view of the possibility of an HGH test in baseball:

I think it's good. We have educational sessions here on the minor league side just to make sure our players understand the program and what it entails, what they can and can't take, and we try to make sure they understand the parameters for that program...

...Over the years I think we have done a good job, but players sometimes make bad decisions. I think we have to continue to find ways to improve the program, and this is one more step.”

Fallas then notes that Mitch Einertson and Gabe Garcia have received 50-game suspensions for banned substances. While this is true, it should be pointed out that Garcia was suspended for Nandrolone, an anabolic steroid. Einertson was suspended for a "drug of abuse," not a performance-enhancing drug.