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Phillies minor leaguer Kevin Frandsen suspended 50 games for Ritalin

May 11, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

Los Angeles Angels Kevin Frandsen slides across home plate to score against Seattle Mariners during American League baseball game in Anaheim

Journeyman infielder Kevin Frandsen, who’s currently playing for the Phillies’ Triple-A affiliate, has been suspended 50 games for violating the minor-league drug policy, according to Michael Lore of the Lehigh Valley Express Times.

Todd Zolecki of reports that Frandsen tested positive for Ritalin.

Frandsen signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies in late March after being released by the Padres during spring training. He’s hitting .321 with three homers and an .873 OPS in 30 games at Lehigh Valley. He previously logged 626 plate appearances in various stints with the Giants and Angels, hitting just .243 with a .636 OPS serving mostly as a utility man.

He’s not the first player to be suspended for Ritalin and in fact Newsweek published an article entitled “Baseball Ritalin Addiction” way back in 2008.

  1. woodenulykteneau - May 11, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    And Nick Green explained two years ago that getting an exception is not easy.

    But that’s the difference between blogging and reporting, now isn’t it?

  2. frankvzappa - May 11, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    ritalin! hahaha! what a pansy!

  3. bigxrob - May 11, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    I feel like the phillies minor leaguers have had a lot more suspensions than the rest of the teams affiliates. Are ther any numbers on that?
    I’m a phils fan, so it is possible I only notice it when it is in their system.

    • jwbiii - May 11, 2011 at 7:52 PM

      Mets lead, Red Sox trail, Phillies are middle of the pack. Raw data from Maury Brown’s Biz of Baseball site.

  4. burtkauf - May 12, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    Any surprise? the Giants lead the world, by far, with steroid guys and ex-‘substance’ guys…
    That’s why we call the Giants ‘Over-ACheaters’…. Some more thoughts.about Giants and As and steroids

    Glaring Differences between A’s and Giants Managers and Management 5-11

    To Billy Beane, the manager may not make a difference but don’t tell that to suffering A’s fans, who after nearly four years have had more than enough of Bob Geren. Now, previous Beane managers Macha and Howe are looking good, by comparison; at least they were winners.
    Why would a manager continue NOT to play his best hitter, Ryan Sweeney (.364 as of 5-11) on a regular basis, at least while he’s hot?.
    Instead , Geren continues to run out ‘Mendoza line’ hitters like Ellis, DeJesus and Barton – and even worse, Geren is batting Barton second!. A smart manager like Giants’ Bochy will play the hot hitters. Geren just runs out the same players, hoping one day they’ll hit. GM Beane has his favorites and will resign an Ellis for 6 mill, saying we need his defense. And, don’t blame the low averages totally on the A’s hitters, themselves.

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