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Reliever Juan Salas rejoined the Rays for the first time since serving his 50-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug, but said he didn't intentionally do anything wrong.
Salas, speaking in Spanish with bullpen coach Bobby Ramos translating, suggested the positive test was the result of some type of drink, such as a supplement or energy drink, he had in his native Dominican Republic before reporting to spring training.
“It was an accident,’’ Salas said. "I was not aware. I didn’t do it knowing what was going on. It must have been something in a drink. I don’t know.’’
Salas, the first, and thus far only, big-leaguer to be caught this season, said when he was told of the violation: “I was totally shocked that happened. … I’ve been in the game for a while and I never had this kind of problem.’’
Manager Joe Maddon said he didn't expect Salas to face any issues from teammates or opponents and put him right to work, bringing him in to pitch in the seventh inning Tuesday with the bases loaded.

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:32am]


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