Wolf: Steroid Testing is a "good thing"

Randy Wolf will never be accused of using steroids. However, he was somewhat thrown into the controversy this winter since the union and MLB revised the collective bargaining agreement. As the team's union representative, it put Wolf front and center in the controversy. Wolf talked about the new testing and about how his surgically repaired foot is doing. Plus, news from Phillies camp on Brett Myers and Jimmy Rollins.

As the Phillies' union representative, Randy Wolf is the guy selected to be the voice of the clubhouse as it pertains to the letter and law of the collective bargaining agreement.

Typically, those conversations arise when the players butt heads with the owners during CBA negotiations. Steroids, however, created an unprecedented need to revise the agreement in mid-stride this winter, and that made Wolf a person of interest when the topic was addressed.

"I definitely think it's a good thing," Wolf said of the stepped-up testing. "I was against it for years, but in light of what has happened I know that we have to do this. I think that doubt will slowly be taken away."

The winter of discontent caused by the BALCO scandal and other steroid-use revelations got another blast of frigid air from the pages of Jose Canseco's book Juiced. While the book might be considered by some to be more hysterical than historical, it has caused feathers to fly in baseball's sweaty cathedral - the clubhouse.

"It's not that I don't believe him; I just don't care," Wolf said of Canseco's comments. "There are a lot of things that happen in clubhouses that would bother the hell out of people - but they happen here."

Wolf believes that the best-case scenario for baseball is if the balance of the game doesn't sway in the scandal's aftermath.

"I don't want to see a big change in the game," Wolf said. "I'm hoping that there isn't one. The possibility is there, but that's something time will tell."

On a more personal note, Wolf had a nerve removed from the top of his right foot. Actually, the problem had been causing him discomfort for years. How did the nerve become inflamed and irritated in the first place? Ill-fitting shoes - an understandable problem when you feet are quadruple-E width. That width goes beyond standard sizing, and only one athletic-shoe maker makes a running shoe that fits him properly. Wolf will pitch in spikes that are a standard width, but he'll use a tool to stretch out the spikes this season. As for how he feels, "I'm good," reports Wolf. The left-hander has been able to participate in all of the drills this spring and hasn't been slowed by the surgery.

Notes from Philly:

  • Brett Myers is coming off a shaky season and is listed as the number five starter in a five-man rotation. Plus, there's young, talented Gavin Floyd hungry to hasten his permanent arrival in the majors. However, Charlie Manuel wouldn't go so far as to say that Myers needs to win his job this spring. "I like his talent," Manuel said of Myers. "It's going to take someone throwing really good to beat him out."
  • Jimmy Rollins has a career high of 46 stolen bases, which he set in his rookie season. Charlie Manuel recently said that he thinks his young shortstop can steal somewhere between 60 and 70 bases. Rollins likes the idea. "That means I can run without worrying about getting thrown out."

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