PHOENIX, Ariz. -- As Ryan Braun reported to camp on Friday, Brewers player representative Chris Narveson said there have been issues with drug testing before in Milwaukee.
Specifically, with one of his own tests shortly after last summer's All-Star Game.
"Mine was more of a failure to communicate that I was getting tested," Narveson said Friday morning. "You're walking out the door in your street clothes an hour-and-a-half after the game and they come up to you and say, 'We forgot to tell you, you're getting tested.
"Errors like that can't happen."
Narveson added: "It's interesting, that's two instances for us with the same group of guys testing. .... One time can be an aberration."
The pitchers said that after he was collared late for testing when leaving the ballpark after already dressing, that they tightened things up "and tried to make sure they notified us" more promptly after a game.
Still, Narveson said the players firmly support drug testing. They just want things done right.
"I don't think there are flaws in the system," Narveson said. "If they follow protocol the whole way, I don't think we have an issue."
But he pointed out that the testers did not follow protocol with him. And, of course, a large part of Braun's dispute was that his specimen sat at the tester's home for more than 48 hours before being shipped where it was supposed to go.
"Ryan's sample sat for 48 hours," Narveson said. "Anybody can do anything [to] it."
Narveson and several Brewers also sharply criticized the system for allowing a leak in the first place. News of Braun testing positive for synthetic testosterone leaked to ESPN in December.
"Now that we look back, if this didn't get out, nobody hears about it," Narveson said. "Braun comes in today and there's four or five reporters saying, 'How was your off-season?'"