A quick turnaround for the Mets became even quicker when their departure from Miami late Wednesday was delayed by random postgame drug tests.
The logistics were a hassle to begin with: a 6 p.m. start Wednesday in South Florida, followed by a plane ride to Queens and a 1 p.m. home opener Thursday. After the drug tests — which are overseen by an independent third party, in accordance with Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association's joint drug agreement — the Mets didn’t leave Marlins Park until about 11 p.m., players said.
The Mets finally arrived at Citi Field around 3 a.m., according to a half-dozen players who expressed frustration with the extra wait. The coaching staff ended up canceling pregame batting practice Thursday due to the short night.
Brandon Nimmo, one of the players’ union representatives for the team, said the Mets took part in three rounds of drug tests during the three-game series against the Marlins. He called the last one in particular “abnormal.”