Cubs slugger Anthony Rizzo says he is in favor of MLB testing more for performance-enhancing drugs in the wake of fellow NL All-Star Starling Marte's 80-game suspension, the Chicago Tribune reported.
"We should be drug testing a lot more. But that's the way it is," said Rizzo, who added that he hasn't been tested since spring training.
MLB announced Tuesday that Martetestedpositive for Nandrolone, a banned performance-enhancing substance, and suspended the Pirates outfielder effective immediately.
Rizzo, a first baseman who said he loves kidding with Marte when he reaches base, said every player faces a decision when it comes to performance-enhancers, and the system isn't exactly a deterrent in his eyes.
"Is it a big risk if you're suspended 80 games and have a guaranteed contract?" Rizzo said. "Take that risk to get the reward? That's the question to ask. [With]some guys, it is a big risk. For others, if you get away with it, you get the big deal. But it's part of the game, and we need drug testing a lot more."
Meanwhile, it comes as no surprise that Cubs managerJoe Maddon looks at Marte's situation from the perspective of the team.
"My goodness, that's really devastating to the entire group, not just the individual himself," Maddon said. "It's a tough moment to be in. So I don't look backward. Looking forward, it appears the system is working."
Marte's suspension was announced just three days after he hit a home run to help beat theCubs.