Colome suspended 50 games for drug use
Rays RHP propsect Alex Colome was suspended for 50 games by MLB after testing positive for Boldenone, a perfomance enhancing substance.
Colome, 25, was to start the season with Triple-A Durham, but was considered a key part of the depth and insurance the Rays value, especially with an opening at the back end of the rotation given RHP Jeremy Hellickson's injury.
In a statement, the Rays said: "We were disappointed to learn of Alex Colome's violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. We fully support Major League Baseball's policy and its efforts to eliminate performance-enhancing substances from our game. Per the protocol outlined in the Joint Drug Program, the organization will not comment further on this matter."
Colome made his major-league debut last season, beating the Marlins in his debut, but made only three starts due to an elbow injury.
With Jake Odorizzi winning the No. 5 spot in the rotation, Hellickson out until June 1 and LHP Erik Bedard considering using an opt-out clause in his contract, the Rays top starters at Triple-A would be LHP Enny Romero, who has made one big-league start, and RHP Nathan Karns, who has made three.
Here is the full release from MLB:
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Colome has received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Boldenone, a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
The suspension of Colome, who is currently on the Club's 40-man roster as a member of Triple-A Durham of the International League, will be effective at the start of the 2014 regular season.