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Brewers prospect Mark Rogers gets busted for stimulant use

Aug 19, 2011, 7:16 PM EDT

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Former first-round pick Mark Rogers was suspended for 25 games Friday after a second positive test for a banned stimulant.

The good news for Rogers is that the suspension kicks in immediately.  The injury-plagued right-hander is on the shelf because of carpal tunnel syndrome in his throwing wrist, and he was already expected to undergo season-ending surgery, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports.

Rogers, 25, was the fifth overall selection in the 2004 draft.  He missed entire seasons in 2007 and ’08, but after a breakthrough 2010 that culminated in a couple of starts for the Brewers last September, he was expected to compete for a rotation spot this spring.  Instead, he’s missed much of the year with a sore shoulder and now the wrist injury.  He was 0-5 with a 9.34 ERA in 44 1/3 innings for three minor league teams this season.

  1. jdhein22 - Aug 19, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    December starts, eh? That would be interesting. Especially in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Aug 19, 2011 at 9:15 PM

      I don’t even have an explanation for that one. Thanks.

  2. cerveceros82 - Aug 19, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    Meh, we got a roof…

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