The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Houston Astros Minor League outfielder Mitch Einertson has received a 50-game suspension after a second violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program for a drug of abuse.
The suspension of Einertson is effective immediately. Einertson is currently a member of Double-A Corpus Christi of the Texas League.
Minor league players are not suspended for a first-time violation for testing positive for a drug of abuse. The player in violation a first time for a drug of abuse are placed on the Administrative Track with follow-up testing. Drugs of abuse are classified as:
4. Opiates (e.g., Heroin, Codeine, Morphine)
5. MDMA (“Ecstasy”)
6. GHB; and
7. Phencyclidine (“PCP”)
The league does not release what drug of abuse a player tests positive for. Details to follow, should they become available.
Einertson's suspension is the 47th minor league suspension of 2009. By comparison, there were 22 minor league drug suspensions at the same point last season.
See details on every drug suspension at the major and minor league levels of baseball
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