From the Washington Post (July 19):
A minor league pitcher in the Cincinnati Reds organization has been suspended 50 games after a second violation of baseballÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s drug policy.
Right-hander Daniel TuttleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s suspension is effective immediately, the office of Commissioner Bud Selig announced Tuesday. It is unknown what substance caused the violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, but MLB said it was a Ã¢â‚¬Å“drug of abuse.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Tuttle made five appearances, including three starts, for the Reds in the rookie Arizona League, going 3-1 with a 3.91 ERA. He also has started 11 games this season for Dayton in the Class A Midwest League, compiling a 4-3 record with a 4.87 ERA.
I don’t know what MLB means when it calls it a “drug of abuse”? No matter what, a second violation.
I think you do have to question how, if you get caught once, you think you’re so smart you won’t get caught the second time.
Now, this doesn’t necessarily derail your career; Scott Carroll is pitching in Louisville this year after being suspended, I believe in 2009, for 50 games for failing a drug test.
From Baseball America (July 20):
Major League Baseball has suspended one of Cincinnati’s top pitching prospects for lying about his age, a source familiar with the case told Baseball America.
Righthander Jonathan Correa, who entered the year ranked 26th on the Reds Top 30 prospects list, was placed on the disqualified list and received a one-year suspension from MLB for lying about his age. Correa’s real age or identity were not immediately known and a Reds official did not return a call yesterday afternoon seeking comment. BA will update with more details as they become available.
Article talks about his lying about his age, but also brings up the fact that he’s already received a 50 game suspension for steroids in 2008 (which means it was the second bad test, I believe) and he’s had Tommy John surgery.
Also says that MLB investigated Yorman Rodriguez last year, but decided his age was correct.