MIAMI — The Rays didn't just issue a statement about troubled prospect Josh Sale, they made a statement, suspending the 2010 first-round pick indefinitely and sending him home for conduct detrimental to the organization.
The suspension comes after Sale made an inappropriate post on his Facebook page, which was picked up nationally by deadspin.com and other websites, about a Monday night visit to a strip club:
"Threw 50 cents at a stripper tonight. First time. Got kicked out and she got so (mad) thought she was gonna cry. Your a stripper. Be thankful."
Sale, 21, had just completed serving a 50-game suspension after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug last season and was to be activated at Class A Charlotte.
Since being the 17th pick in the draft, Sale held out before signing for $1.62 million and didn't play in 2010, hit .210 his first pro season, had his second cut short by the suspension and his third now further delayed.
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer