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Minor league free agent left-hander Erick Hurtado suspended 50 games for PEDs

Mar 6, 2012, 8:02 PM EDT

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MLB announced earlier this afternoon that minor league free agent left-hander Erick Hurtado was suspended 50 games for testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing drug.

Hurtado, a 17-year-old pitcher from the Dominican Republic, just signed with the Cardinals last month. However, his contract has already been terminated.

Ben Badler of Baseball America notes that Hurtado was throwing around 86-88 mph last year around July 2, but that his velocity was in the 88-91 mph range before he signed with St. Louis.

Hurtado’s suspension will begin as soon as he signs with another major league team.

  1. El Bravo - Mar 6, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    The big dummy.

  2. paperlions - Mar 6, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Well…..that sucks….but there is no way to tell if the velocity bump was steroid related or natural progression. Considering that the Cardinals have signed steroid users recently (e.g. Ryan Franklin), this must be a “well, now we don’t know what we were signing” response rather than a “we don’t sign steroid user’s” response.

    Too bad for the kid, wouldn’t be surprised at all if he was given something by a buscone and didn’t know what it was.

  3. Joe - Mar 6, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Are there no pictures of the kid?

    If it were an American, I doubt you’d put up the US flag. I don’t think you meant to imply that Dominican players are predisposed to use steroids, but that is the effect of using the flag instead of using a needle or doing an image search for ‘ban’.

    • paperlions - Mar 6, 2012 at 11:05 PM

      There may not be any photos in the public domain. He was signed a couple weeks ago, never left the island.

      • Joe - Mar 7, 2012 at 10:25 AM

        That’s why I suggested using a needle or a google image search.

        This would not fly (ZING!) if it were an American or Canadian flag. The fact that it is up for a Dominican player is a product of illegitimate stereotypes.

  4. saints97 - Mar 6, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Somewhere, Ryan Braun’s lawyers are laughing at this.

  5. ottomanismydog - Mar 7, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    But then the tester took a wiz before he sent in the sample and the test was ruled negative

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