For the third time in ten days, and fourth time in April, Milwaukee slugger Eric Thames has been “randomly” selected to be drug tested by Major League Baseball. The 30-year old has hit 11 homers in 22 games in April, one shy of his career-high of 12, which he hit in 2011 while with Toronto.
Thames spent the last three seasons with the NC Dinos of the KBO League in Korea before returning to the MLB this year. In 2014, Thames debuted for the Dinos with a .343 average, 37 home runs, and 121 RBIs. In 2015, he batted .381, with 47 home runs and 40 stolen bases, and became the first player in league history to hit for the cycle twice, on his way to winning league MVP. He followed those numbers up last year with 40 home runs and 121 RBIs.
Last November, Thames came to terms with the Brewers on a three-year, $16M deal, with a fourth year club option. After his third drug test, Thames said that he has a lot of blood and urine waiting for the league for as long as they want to keep testing him. He entered the day Saturday batting .364/.484/.870 on the year, and is tied for the league lead in runs scored with 28.
The Brewers, who sit at 12-13 on the year, look to bounce back tomorrow against Atlanta, who has taken the first two games of their weekend series. Matt Garza (0-0, 2.25 ERA) takes the mound against Mike Foltynewicz (0-2, 3.20 ERA).