The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Florida Marlins Minor League pitcher Daniel Jennings has received a 50-game suspension after testing positive for Methylhexaneamine, a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Methylhexaneamine is mostly found in nasal decongestants, but can be used as a form of stimulant.
The suspension of Jennings, who is currently on the roster of Double-A Jacksonville of the Southern League, is effective immediately.
In a text message to Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Jennings said, “It was an over the counter stimulant and all there is to do now is take responsibility and serve my suspension.”
“At the time I had no idea what I was taking had something that was banned in it, but the substance in it was just added to the list. Not an excuse, just a fact," Jennings said. "I should have been smarter. Now I pay the price.”
This year, including the off-season, there have been 65 minor league players suspended a total of 3,340 games for being in violation of the minor league drug policy. Last year, on July 29, approx. the same period, there were 64 minor league players that had been suspended for being in violation of the drug policy. Since July 15, the league has suspended 25 minor league players for being in violation of the drug policy.
See the complete history of drug suspensions in Minor and Major League Baseball
NOTE: Look for an extensive article on the inside workings of minor league drug policy, Tuesday on FanGraphs
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