If Freddy Galvis could add a dozen home runs to his game, he'd be quite the useful player. Looks like everyone was in agreement on that point, including Galvis, who was suspended for 50 games for using Clostebol, an anabolic steroid that can be used as a performance-enhancing drug.
It looks like Galvis will miss some time, then. Except he was already going to miss a large chunk of time because of a stress fracture in his back. And he can serve the suspension while he's on the DL. Galvis was suspended for performance-enhancing drugs, but he's not going to miss any extra time for it. That seems ... odd. Jon Paul Morosi thinks so too:
If a player tests positive for a PED, time on the disabled list shouldn’t count toward his sentence. A panel of doctors – jointly agreed upon by MLB and the union – ought to determine when he would otherwise be fit to return, at which point the suspension would commence. The union may have argued that players’ rights would have been jeopardized by such a system, but those concerns could have been allayed with a union-approved doctor on the panel.
I don't know enough about the ins and outs of the CBA and the MLBPA to argue for or against Morosi's suggested fix, but at least we can all agree that it's odd that Galvis isn't missing any extra time. It's odd, right? Seems odd. Also, strange.