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Written by Maury Brown   
Sunday, 20 January 2013 22:12

 

2006 < 2005

The following are players—both minor league and major league—that have been found to be in violation of either the Minor or Major League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program for 2005

As of 2011, broken out by date; player; position; substance; MLB affiliated organization; whether the player was in the Dominican Summer League, Venezuelan Summer League, or playing for a North American minor league club, and; the number of games served in the suspension.

* See the Major League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program

(Complete MLB and MiLB through 1/14/13) - To report an error or omission in this research, please Contact Us):

2005

Major League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program

#
Date
Player Name
Substance
Club
Length
1
4/3/05
§ Alex Sanchez
PEDs
DRays
10 gms
2
4/11/05
ß Jorge Piedra
PEDs
Rockies
10 gms
3
4/20/05
± Agustin Montero
PEDs
Rangers
10 gms
4
4/26/05
Jamal Strong
PEDs
Mariners
10 gms
5
5/2/05
‡ Juan Rincon
PEDs
Twins
10 gms
6
7/8/05
∩ Rafael Betancourt
PEDs
Indians
10 gms
7
8/1/05
ζ Rafael Palmeiro
PEDs
Orioles
10 gms
8
8/2/05
¤ Ryan Franklin
PEDs
Mariners
10 gms
9
9/7/05
∏ Mike Morse
PEDs
Mariners
10 gms
10
10/4/05
ξ Carlos Almanzar PEDs
Rangers
10 gms
11
10/18/05
ξ Felix Heredia PEDs
Mets
10 gms
12
11/02/05
≡ Matt Lawton PEDs
F/A
10 gms

§ Sanchez becomes the first player in history suspended for a violation of MLB's drug testing policy. Sanchez does not file a grievance. Cost to Sanchez at the time is $32,787 of $600,000 salary.

ß Piedra does not file a grievance. Cost to Piedra at the time is $4,600 of $84,280 minor-league salary. Was tested on March 19, 2005

± Montero does file a grievance. The ruling is upheld. Cost to Montero at the time is $4,918 of $90,000 annual minor-league salary. Signed Nov. 19, 2004 with Texas. His major league contract calls for the league minimum on $316,000. Union filed a grievance on Montero's behalf on April 21st of 2005

‡ Rincon does file a grievance. The ruling is upheld. Cost to Rincon at the time is $24,000 of $400,000 annual salary.

∩ Cost to Betancourt at the time is $18,503 of his $338,600 annual salary.

ψ Palmeiro does file a grievance. The ruling is upheld. Cost to Palmeiro at the time is $165,746 of his one-year contract with the Orioles for 2004 that paid him $4.15 million. The Orioles exercised an option for 2005 at $3 million. Palmeiro tested positive in May. His 3,000th hit occurred in Seattle (making him a 3,000/500 player) after he was aware of the results. The annoucement of his violation was delayed while awaiting the outcome of his grievence with Shym Das, the arbitor for substance abuse violations. Orioles cancel Aug. 14th ceremony to celebrate the 3,000 hit. Congress (Tom Davis) asks for, and gets steroid testing records on Palmeiro to determine if perjury has occurred in relationship to Palmeiro's testimony on March 17th in which he wagged a finger and said he never took steroids. Those documents arrive on Friday, 8/12/05.

¤ Franklin does file a grievance. The ruling is upheld. Cost to Franklin at the time is $147,540, based on his $2.7 million 2005 contract. Like Palmeiro, Franklin is informed of the positive test in May, as reported by Hal Bodley of USA Today, "Franklin said he was first told of his positive test in May — and 'thought it was a joke' — then appealed and appeared before two arbitration committees. Franklin followed the same procedure used by Palmeiro after the positive test was determined. A grievance was filed on his behalf by the players union, but impartial arbitrator Shyam Das refused to reverse the test result."

∏ Morse does file a grievance. The ruling is upheld. Morse claims that the result was due to steroids still being in his system from usage in 2003. The AP reports: "Back in November 2003 when I was 21 years old, I made an enormous mistake in my life: I took steroids while in the minor leagues,'' Morse said. ``My thigh muscle, which I had previously torn, had never healed and I was scared that my career was over. I was desperate and made a terrible mistake which I deeply regret. In May 2004, I was punished and suspended, which I deserved, for my mistake. I embarrassed myself, my family and my team. I am responsible for the mistake of taking steroids and the positive result was not due to some over-the-counter supplement, protein shake or tainted test.'' Morse said the steroids, however, remained in his body and that he was again suspended in July 2004 while in the minors. He said those remnants resulted in another positive test this year, and he appealed those results. "I am troubled that I will be suspended for the third time despite the fact that the scientific evidence supports that I kept my promise that I would never use steroids again,'' he said. ``Even the (arbitration) panel states in its written decision that 'the panel recognizes that this result may be viewed as unfair to Michael Morse.' I find it unfair that I am being punished three different times for making the mistake of taking steroids in the 2003 offseason. At least there is some solace in the fact that the scientific evidence supports that I kept my promise that I would never use steroids again,'' his statement said. "This result is unfair and unfortunate. It punishes Michael Morse again for conduct for which he has already been punished,'' said Michael Weiner, the union's general counsel. "The PA does not believe the parties ever intended for the Basic Agreement to compel such a harsh result.'' Das upheld the ruling after a grievance was filed.

ξ Began serving suspension at beginning of 2006 season.

≡ Lawton last played for the Yankees before suspension. Lawton does file a grievance. Began serving suspension at the beginning of the 2006 season. His appeal of the positive test was denied by baseball's arbitration panel and he'll serve his suspension at the start of the 2006 season. The date of the test was not announced. Lawton, who earned $7.75 million in 2005, and was not signed for the 2006 season and had filed for free agency.

Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program

In 2005, the following were suspension lengths in the Minor Leagues: a first offense netted a player a 15-game suspension; a second offense a 30-game suspension; a third offense a 60-game suspension; a fourth offense one year, and a fifth offense got a player banned from professional baseball for life.

#
Date
Player Name
Substance
Club
Length
1
4/4/05
Elvis Avendano
PEDs
Athletics
15 gms
2
4/4/05
Lizahio Baez
PEDs
Rangers
15 gms
3
4/4/05
Oscar Bernard
PEDs
Cubs
15 gms
4
4/4/05
David Cash
PEDs
Cubs
15 gms
5
4/4/05
David Castillo
PEDs
Athletics
60 gms
6
4/4/05
Troy Cate
PEDs
Mariners
15 gms
7
4/4/05
Robinson Chirinos
PEDs
Cubs
15 gms
8
4/4/05
Ryan Christianson
PEDs
Mariners
15 gms
9
4/4/05
Willie Collazo
PEDs
Angels
15 gms
10
4/4/05
Francisco Cordova
PEDs
Angels
15 gms
11
4/4/05
Renee Cortez
PEDs
Mariners
15 gms
12
4/4/05
Matt Craig
PEDs
Cubs
15 gms
13
4/4/05
Jason DiAngelo
PEDs
Rockies
15 gms
14
4/4/05
Jose Espinal
PEDs
White Sox
15 gms
15
4/4/05
* Willy Espinal
PEDs
Rangers
15 gms
16
4/4/05
Omar Falcon
PEDs
Mariners
15 gms
17
4/4/05
* Alex Francisco
PEDs
Angels
15 gms
18
4/4/05
Sal Frisella
PEDs
Cardinals
15 gms
19
4/4/05
Jesus Guzman
PEDs
Mariners
15 gms
20
4/4/05
Justin Hatcher
PEDs
Rangers
15 gms
21
4/4/05
Clay Hensley
PEDs
Padres
15 gms
22
4/4/05
Javier Herrera
PEDs
Athletics
15 gms
23
4/4/05
Billy Hogan
PEDs
Mariners
15 gms
24
4/4/05
Kervin Jacobo
PEDs
Padres
15 gms
25
4/4/05
Ryan Leahy
PEDs
Angels
15 gms
26
4/4/05
Baltazar Lopez
PEDs
Angels
15 gms
27
4/4/05
* Robert Machado
PEDs
Rangers
15 gms
28
4/4/05
* Jesus Medrano
PEDs
Cubs
15 gms
29
4/4/05
* Jacobo Meque
PEDs
Padres
15 gms
30
4/4/05
Damian Moss
PEDs
Mariners
15 gms
31
4/4/05
Luis Perez
PEDs
Athletics
15 gms
32
4/4/05
* Kevin Reinking
PEDs
Cubs
15 gms
33
4/4/05
* Chris Russ
PEDs
Rangers
15 gms
34
4/4/05
* Mayobanex Santana
PEDs
Athletics
15 gms
35
4/4/05
Nathan Sevier
PEDs
Padres
15 gms
36
4/4/05
* Darwin Soto
PEDs
Mariners
15 gms
37
4/4/05
Carlos Vasquez
PEDs
Cubs
15 gms
38
4/4/05
Neil Wilson
PEDs
Rockies
15 gms
39 4/6/05 Tom Evans PEDs Pirates 15 gms
40 4/6/05 Jon Nunnally PEDs Pirates 15 gms
41 4/6/05 Brian Mallette PEDs Pirates 30 gms
§ 4/9/05 Julius Matos PEDs Blue Jays 15 gms
§ 4/9/05 Raul Tablado PEDs Blue Jays 15 gms
§ 4/9/05 Brian Reed PEDs Blue Jays 15 gms
42 4/22/05 ± Gary Cates Jr. PEDs Orioles 15 gms
43 4/22/05 ± Rafael Diaz PEDs Orioles 15 gms
44 4/22/05 ± Richard Salazar PEDs Orioles 15 gms
45

4/22/05

± James Jurries PEDs Braves 15 gms
46 4/22/05 ± Ricardo Rodriguez PEDs Braves 15 gms
47 4/22/05 ± Grant Roberts PEDs Mets 15 gms
48 4/22/05 ± Adam Seuss PEDs Astros 15 gms
49 4/22/05 ± Eider Torres PEDs Indians 15 gms
50 4/22/05 ± Damien Myers PEDs Tigers 15 gms
51 5/6/05 Darnell McDonald PEDs Indians 15 gms
52 5/12/05 Robert Valido PEDs White Sox 15 gms
53 5/12/05 Jorge Toca PEDs White Sox 15 gms
54 5/12/05 ß Tetsu Yofu PEDs White Sox 15 gms
55 5/12/05 Guillermo Rodriguez PEDs Giants 15 gms
56 5/12/05 Briane Mazone PEDs Giants 15 gms
57 5/12/05 ß Josh Cram PEDs Giants 15 gms
58 5/12/05 Oscar Montero PEDs Giants 15 gms
59 5/12/05 ß Marcus Mendoza PEDs Rockies 15 gms
60 5/12/05 Jonathan Herrera PEDs Rockies 15 gms
61 5/12/05 Christian Parker PEDs Rockies 15 gms
62 5/12/05 Steve Smyth PEDs Athletics 15 gms
63 5/13/05 Wilson Delgado PEDs Marlins 15 gms
64 5/13/05 Luis Ugueto PEDs Royals 15 gms
65 5/13/05 Joshua Pressley PEDs Royals 15 gms
66 5/13/05 Jeremy Cummings PEDs Cardinals 15 gms
67 5/20/05 Thomas Farmer PEDs Dodgers 15 gms
68 5/20/05 Health Totten PEDs Dodgers 15 gms
69 5/20/05 Chad Scarbery PEDs DBacks 15 gms
70 6/6/05 Felix Romero PEDs Red Sox 15 gms
71 6/6/05 Angel Rocha PEDs DBacks 15 gms
72 6/6/05 Mario Delgado PEDs Orioles 15 gms
73 6/6/05 David Smith PEDs Blue Jays 15 gms
74 6/24/05 Joshua Carter PEDs Phillies 15 gms
75 6/24/05 Jeff Kennard PEDs Yankees 15 gms
76 6/24/05 Brian Walker PEDs Mets 15 gms
77 6/24/05 Sergio Garcia PEDs Dodgers 15 gms
78 6/24/05 Jeffrey Bruksch PEDs Reds 15 gms
79 7/1/05 ‡ Ramon Castro PEDs Nationals 105 gms
80 7/1/05 Josh Labandeira PEDs Nationals 15 gms
81 7/15/05 Carlos Bohorquez PEDs Reds 15 gms
82 7/15/05 Alex Santos PEDs Athletics 15 gms
83 7/15/05 Matt Whiteside PEDs Blue Jays 15 gms
84 7/22/05 Deivi Mendez PEDs Yankees 30 gms
85 8/12/05 Wilson Delgado PEDs Marlins 30 gms
86 8/16/05 Nicholas Slack PEDs Brewers 15 gms
87 8/16/05 Luis Ugueto PEDs Royals 30 gms

** NOTE: The 38 minor league players suspended on 4/4/05 were after testing positive for performance-enhancing substances. The positive results were announced after 925 tests of players on the 12 major league teams that hold spring training in Arizona and included one offseason result. Thirty-seven players tested positive for the first time and received an unpaid, 15-game suspension, and one player, David Castillo, a catcher with the Oakland A's, tested positive for the third time and was given an unpaid suspension of 60 gms.

* Espinal, Francisco, Machado, Medrano, Meque, Reinking, Russ, Santana, and Soto was released during Spring Training.

§ The three Blue Jay players suspended on 4/9/05 were for violations happened in 2004, but the penalties carried over to the 2005season.

± The nine players suspended on 4/22/05 resulted from 251 tests taken at Florida spring training camps.

ß Three of the nine players suspended on 5/12/05 had already have been released by the respective clubs at the time of suspension.

‡Castro is finded for two separate violations and fined an undisclosed amount.

2006 < 2005

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Baltimore Orioles Minor League pitcher Brian Parker has received a 50-game suspension after a second positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The suspension of Parker, who is currently on the roster of Double-A Bowie of the Eastern League, will be effective at the start of the 2010 season.

 
 
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