Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Baseball reverses second drug ban

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball and the players' union agreed to drop the 100-game suspension imposed on Rockies C Eliezer Alfonzo for a positive drug test because of the same procedural issues that came up in the Ryan Braun case.

Alfonzo missed the final 15 games of last season and the first 33 of this year.

Braun's 50-game suspension was overturned in February by arbitrator Shyam Das after Braun's lawyers argued his urine sample was not handled in the manner specified by baseball's drug agreement.

The collector took Braun's sample on a Saturday and did not drop it off immediately at a Federal Express office. He testified that because it would not have been sent until Monday to the drug-testing laboratory outside Montreal, it would make more sense to store the sample at his home over the weekend than in a FedEx office.

"Alfonzo's grievance challenging his suspension raised issues that were nearly identical to those resolved in the arbitration involving Ryan Braun," MLB said. "It is not anticipated that any other future cases will be impacted by the circumstances raised in the grievances of these two players."

Meanwhile, Das, baseball's arbitrator since 1999, was told last week by management that he is being terminated. He remains an NFL arbitrator.

"Shyam is the longest-tenured panel chair in our bargaining relationship," union head Michael Weiner said. "For 13 years, from the beginning to the end of his tenure, he served the parties with professionalism and distinction."

Baseball's collective bargaining agreement says the arbitrator can be removed by the players' association or management at any time with written notice.

SUSPENSION: Former Orioles first-round pick Billy Rowell was suspended for 50 games for a second violation for a drug of abuse under the minor-league drug program.

ANGELS: RF Torii Hunter was placed on the restricted list amid reports that his son was arrested. The town of Prosper, Texas, issued a news release announcing Darius McClinton-Hunter, 17, of neighboring McKinney, Texas, was arrested in a sexual assault case.

CARDINALS: RH reliever Eduardo Sanchez was recalled from Triple-A Memphis, and LHP J.C. Romero was released.

METS: RHP Frank Francisco will remain the closer despite an 8.56 ERA and two blown saves, said manager Terry Collins, who suggested Francisco might be tipping his pitches.

NATIONALS: A day after Henry Rodriguez blew his third save in 11 chances, manager Davey Johnson said the right-hander would remain his closer. … C Sandy Leon left in the fourth inning after injuring his right leg in a collision at home plate during his major-league debut.

PADRES: RHP Tim Stauffer, out all season with a strained pitching elbow, was activated from the disabled list. LHP Josh Spence was optioned to Triple-A Tucson.

RANGERS: Bench coach Jackie Moore was released from an Arlington hospital after treatment for dehydration.

RED SOX: OF Darnell McDonald went on the 15-day disabled list with an oblique strain, joining four other outfielders on the DL for last-place Boston.

ROYALS: LHP Danny Duffy was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow and may need season-ending surgery. RHP Nate Adcock was recalled from Triple-A Omaha.

TWINS: 1B Justin Morneau took some swings in batting practice and said his sore left wrist felt good. He is eligible to come off the disabled list Wednesday.

YANKEES: LHP Andy Pettitte, who was put on the major-league roster Sunday after missing the 2011 season, will be guaranteed his full $2.5 million from the club come Thursday.

Baseball reverses second drug ban 05/14/12 [Last modified: Monday, May 14, 2012 9:32pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays journal: Jake Odorizzi goes on 10-day DL with back strain

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — RHP Jake Odorizzi is hoping his struggles this season can be tied directly to the lower-back strain he has tried to pitch through since spring training. Toward that end, the Rays placed Odorizzi on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday retroactive to Tuesday.

    Rays center fielder Mallex Smith smiles after hitting a single advancing runners in the third inning. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
  2. Playoff chase heats up for Rays with critical series at Yankees up first

    The Heater


    It was important that Evan Longoria crushed a two-run homer in the sixth inning Wednesday and Steven Souza Jr. blasted a solo shot off the farthest catwalk an inning later.

    Adeiny Hechavarria (11) and Tim Beckham (1) celebrate the double play to end the top of the sixth inning. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]
  3. Rays at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. Thursday, New York

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Yankees

    7:05, Yankee Stadium, New York

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) throwing in the first inning of the game between the Texas Rangers and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Saturday, July 22, 2017.
  4. Roger Mooney's takeaways from Wednesday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    It is going to get interesting tonight when the Rays begin a four-game series against the Yankees in New York. The Rays feel they are good enough to win the East Division. These next four games and the four that follow in Houston will be a good measuring stick.

  5. Jones: Alex Cobb proves again why he's Rays' stopper, no matter how long he's here

    The Heater


    If a team hopes to hang around the pennant race, they better have an ace. A stopper. A pitcher they can count on every fifth day to stop the bleeding, keep a winning streak going or flat-out win a game that a team flat-out needs to win.

    Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb (53) throwing the first inning. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]