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Astros prospect suspended 25 games for unauthorized possession of a syringe

Aug 11, 2011, 5:37 PM EDT

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MLB announced that four minor leaguers have been suspended for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, but one of the suspensions caught my eye.

Astros right-hander Euris Quezada, who’d been pitching at low Single-A, was suspended 25 games for what Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports as “unauthorized possession of a syringe.”

The other three minor leaguers–Luis Flores of the Cubs, Kennys Vargas of the Twins, and free agent Emanuel Ramirez–each received 50-game suspensions for testing positive for actual banned substances, but apparently players also have to get approval to possess and use a syringe too.

In fact, Quezada is the third minor leaguer this season to be suspended 25 games for syringe possesion, as free agent Robinson Fabian and Hector Taveras of the Royals also got the same ban back in April.

  1. veryindifferent - Aug 11, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    Don’t tell Euris Quezada, but getting suspended-for-syringe club isn’t all that exclusive

  2. rollinghighwayblues - Aug 11, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    I literally cannot remember the last time I heard some good news about the Astros. Talk about a team down in the dumps.

    • jeffa43 - Aug 11, 2011 at 6:41 PM

      Wormer dropped the big one…. errr, Wade dropped the big one… Actually at this point it is all up from here….

      Gutted, and rebuilding… down for sure…. True fans are never out… all the losing will make 2014 more enjoyable…

      SAD, we have to finish 60 games under 500 to rebuild.

  3. jeffa43 - Aug 11, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    someone please link the syringe to Ed Wade…..

  4. jimbo1949 - Aug 11, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    Brian McNamee was passing out free samples.

  5. Glenn - Aug 11, 2011 at 10:45 PM

    It is illegal for anyone to possess an unauthorized syringe, at least in my state.

  6. Walk - Aug 12, 2011 at 12:08 AM

    Syringes are illegal here only if they are accompanied by illegal drugs. I have several right now i use to treat the animals i own. By themselves they are suspicious but not illegal. However if you have illegal drugs or some type of residue i usually am able to get a paraphernalia charge to stick. In fact clinics have given out clean syringes in exchange for older ones to try to cut down on disease in the recent past. Just depends on where you live and the local laws. I confiscate them if possible, i really hate finding them when i am doing a pat down for weapons.

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