Mets' travel for home opener delayed by late-night random drug test
The New York Mets faced a quick turnaround between Wednesday night's road game in Miami against the Marlins and Thursday afternoon's contest at home versus the Washington Nationals, and it was made even more tiresome by a late-night random drug test.
The team had to catch a plane back to New York following Wednesday's affair and didn't arrive home until around 3 a.m., as a result of the postgame testing, according to Tim Healy of Newsday.
Outfielder Brandon Nimmo called the test "abnormal" and explained that the Mets took part in three rounds of drug testing during the three-game series against the Marlins.
"We were like, well, that really tops things off," Nimmo said. "(Mets players were) definitely upset about it. It's random and you gotta do what you gotta do. It's just part of the game.
"It was unfortunate. It's bad timing. It made a short night even shorter - especially for the home opener. But it's part of baseball, you just have to roll with the punches."
The drug tests are overseen by an independent third party, in accordance with Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association's joint drug agreement.
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