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Chris Colabello and Daniel Stumpf have already been caught and suspended for their use of Turinabol. According to Outside the Lines' T.J. Quinn, we have at least one more suspension, and maybe as many as a "handful" still coming for the same performance-enhancing drug, and soon. All we know at this point is that whoever is being suspended for their use of Turinabol isn't a big name; other than that, we're in the dark about everything except that the suspension could be handed down in the next few days.
Why the sudden rush of Turinabol-based suspensions? It's a drug that was popular in East Germany in the 1970s, but was apparently popular in the present since it was difficult to test for, as signs of use only lasted in the body for around a week. Testing has improved, though, and some players have obviously been caught unaware. These suspensions -- Collabello, Stump and the suspension to be named later -- all came from tests during spring training. Players know they are being tested in the spring, so they just guessed wrong on how far back the testing would be able to recognize the use of Turinabol thanks to the advancements in the procedure.
The good news is that PED testing is working in baseball -- if it weren't working, we wouldn't see suspensions ever. (Could it be even better? Sure, but leagues will never be able to stay 100 percent in front of their players, anyway.) Fans and media would be comforted by a lie about the game being clean were there never suspensions, but as we've discussed in this space before, all Baseball -- or any league -- can do is minimize PED use: They'll never fully eliminate it, not when the gains outweigh the risks for so many.
- Yasiel Puig and the Dodgers pulled a classic prank on the Rays' mascot.
- Is young Phillies starter Aaron Nola even better than we thought he'd be?
- The Yankees' offense is bad. Now it's missing Alex Rodriguez, and there's nothing they can do to shake things up.
- The Dodgers have suspended Erisbel Arruebarrena for the rest of 2016, so this is apparently an annual tradition now.
- David Price hasn't had a great start to 2016 -- OK, or even a good one -- but there's nothing to worry about just yet. Probably.
- Tim Lincecum's showcase is Friday, and the Giants have confirmed that they're still interested in their ex.
- Bud Black is seen as the early and "heavy" favorite to be the Braves' manager in 2017.
- Fredi Gonzalez is the current Braves' manager, and might not even be released until after 2016, but that's because Atlanta's planned failures this summer mid-rebuild are not the reason he'll be let go.
- Giancarlo Stanton celebrated May 4 by working out while wearing a Chewbacca mask. And not a little plastic one, either, this thing is hairy.
- Sam Miller and Ben Lindbergh are two of the best baseball writers out there today, and they collaborated on a book that released this week. You should take a moment to read this excerpt about the indie-league draft they participated in and definitely broke the rules at.