GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Matt Thornton doesn't know the intricate details of Ryan Braun's successful appeal of a suspected violation of Major League Baseball's Drug Treatment and Prevention Program, a result announced on Thursday afternoon that spared Braun a potential 50-day suspension. So, the White Sox reliever didn't want to provide any detailed analysis about a case in which he wasn't involved.
Thornton spoke more in generalities about the program, and how this 2-1 ruling in favor of Braun from a three-member special panel could change the process.
"From what you know, the defense lawyer found some loopholes," said Thornton, speaking prior to Friday's workout at Camelback Ranch. "I can't say I personally agree with that. It's a system that I think Major League Baseball is doing a good job of making sure everything is clean, and it's going to put a little emphasis on cleaning up the process.
"The process is good, but you can't have loopholes in it like that. That's the only thing I can say. I don't know the details. I'm sure when the Players Association meeting comes up here in a week or so, we'll get the details. But I need details before I can make a comment on stuff. It seems like a loophole to me, but we'll see."
According to various reports, this Braun loophole spoken of by Thornton centered on the chain of custody of the sample. It wasn't immediately sent in via FedEx, which is required by the testing policy.
With HGH testing being included this season, Thornton reiterated that MLB's strict and tough program has been run well.
"If you cheat, you get caught," Thornton said.
But the Braun case does point out an area of concern in Thornton's mind that needs to be addressed.
"It's one of those things that kind of put a bad mark on the drug testing, in a way," Thornton said. "If you can find a loophole like that, all it takes is a good lawyer and you can find your way out of cheating honestly.
"That's the way I look at it. A good lawyer can get you out of anything right now, whatever you want to do. So I think they are going to have to clean things up a little bit and change the situation."