Cubs players back sample collector

Ryan Braun's positive test was overturned and his 50-game suspension wiped out last week....

Ryan Braun's positive test was overturned and his 50-game suspension wiped out last week. (REUTERS/Rick Scuteri)

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The sample collector in the Ryan Braun drug controversy received support Friday from several Chicago Cubs.

"Who knows what was going on with (Braun's) situation, but for the most part the drug tester we worked with ... handles his business pretty professionally. And I think that everyone in this clubhouse would agree with me," Cubs outfielder Reed Johnson said Friday on ESPN 1000.

Braun's positive test was overturned and his 50-game suspension wiped out last week after collector Dino Laurenzi Jr. was accused of not following proper procedures as outlined in baseball's drug agreement.

Johnson said the process may not be perfect but that he and his teammates trust it.

"Obviously, you don't want your sample going to somebody's house and sitting around for a couple of days, but (the process includes the collector) taking your sample and sealing it inside a case, stickers over it and that's inside a bag, stickers over that and that's inside a sealed box, stickers over that.

"When you see the process and the detail that goes into that type of drug testing, you really do feel safe that nothing is going to happen."

Cubs infielder Jeff Baker told the Chicago Sun-Times he was fine with Laurenzi's work.

"Just from knowing Dino the three years I've been here, he's been nothing but professional," Baker said.

Added Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano: "It doesn't matter who takes the sample. If you don't take nothing, he can take (the specimen) home for a week and nothing will come out."


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