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Rangers prospect Gutierrez suspended 50 games

Feb 11, 2010, 5:01 PM EDT

Rangers prospect Danny Gutierrez was suspended for 50 games Thursday for testing positive for the amphetamine Adderall, MLB announced.
Adderall is a drug used to treat Attention-Deficit Disorder, and many believe it is being abused by major leaguers seeking a boost. The Mitchell Report pointed out the number of players receiving “theraputic use exemptions” for Adderall and similar drugs jumped from 28 to 103 after amphetamines or “greenies” were banned in 2005.
The Dallas Morning News says that Gutierrez had a prescription to use Adderall, but he didn’t apply for a waiver with MLB.
Gutierrez was already considered a controversial prospect. The Royals, who apparently felt he was getting bad advice from agent Scott Boras, traded him away to the Rangers for a modest return last September even though he was widely viewed as one of their top young arms. He had a 1.95 ERA in 32 1/3 innings between Single- and Double-A in a 2009 season in which he was limited by shoulder troubles. He was expected to open 2010 in Double-A.

  1. ecp - Feb 11, 2010 at 5:29 PM

    Nice. A previous suspension for drug use by the Royals (they caught him before MiLB did, so it doesn’t “officially” count), three arrests in Arizona (including one for assault), two of the arrests resulting in convictions and one case still pending, and now this? And Keith Law had the gall to suggest the Royals were nuts for trading him.

  2. ochocinco - Feb 12, 2010 at 12:37 AM

    Fault the player for failing to get the waiver, but he did have a prescription so he should not take all the blame. Shouldn’t agents and/or teams explicitly ask which prescription drugs their players use and then inform them on how they can jump through the hoops necessary as to not serve unnecessary suspensions. Seems like it is in the best interest of all involved.

  3. YX - Feb 12, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    Prescription in general is fairly easy to obtain as long as you have some sort of cousin’s old roommate’s second ex-girlfriend used to work as a lab tech at XX hospital type connection.
    Though I’d imagine one with high potential to be abused like Adderall would be a lot harder to get than say anti-biotic.

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