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Minor-leaguer Sale suspended for 3rd time

Josh Sale has been suspended three times in two years.


Josh Sale has been suspended three times in two years.



UPDATE, 5:39: No sympathy for Sale from fellow 2010 draft pick Kevin Kiermaier, who said: "You control your own destiny and he hasn't made many good decisions."

DEVELOPING: Rays 2010 first-round pick Josh Sale was suspended 50 games by MLB for a failed test for a drug of abuse.

This is the third suspension for Sale in two years.

Sale, 23, received a 50-game suspension after testing positive for a performance-enhancing near the end of 2012 season. He was just about to return with advanced Class A Charlortte when he made a Facebook post about a visit to a strip club and the team suspended him indefinitely and sent him home for the rest of the 2013 season.

Sale was invited to the team's winter development camp in January and at the time said he had put his problems behind him during the time off.

"I knew I had to go home, grow up, take care of a lot of things. It was demoralizing, but something that my actions induced,'' Sale said.  "I was able to grow up. That's what really needed to be worked on, just me as a person, doing what I can to better myself, because nobody's bigger than the game."

He was reinstated just before the start of the season and joined the Stone Crabs, hitting .238 with four homers and 46 RBIs in 90 games.



[Last modified: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 5:40pm]


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