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Rays minor leaguer David Wendt suspended 50 games

Jan 14, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

Banned

David Wendt, a Double-A catcher in the Rays’ farm system, has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for Methylhexaneamine.

Several other minor leaguers have been suspended for Methylhexaneamine during the past year, including Blue Jays first-round pick Marcus Stroman.

Here’s what Liam Casey of the Toronto Star wrote about the drug at the time of Stroman’s suspension:

Methylhexaneamine can be found in popular training supplements sold at nutritional and drug stores. While it’s chemically related to amphetamines, it’s only slightly more powerful than a cup of coffee, according to Greg Wells, a kinesiology professor at the University of Toronto who has educated Olympic athletes on doping rules.

“It’s a short-acting stimulant, but it’s not something that we need to hang this guy up for anything like that,” Wells said. “It’s not a big deal.”

Wendt is a non-prospect as a 26-year-old who’s hit just .235 with a .597 OPS in four seasons as a pro, but he probably thinks having to sit out two months is a big deal.

  1. cur68 - Jan 14, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Jeez. It’ll be Red Bull getting banned next.

  2. WhyDoIActuallyCare - Jan 14, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    David Wendt and got himself suspended.

    Sorry, it had to be done.

    • davidpom50 - Jan 14, 2013 at 5:41 PM

      No it didn’t.

      • WhyDoIActuallyCare - Jan 14, 2013 at 6:03 PM

        You’re right, but I still Wendt there…

  3. chill1184 - Jan 14, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Wait so something thats alittle better than coffee gets you suspended? Seriously?

    • historiophiliac - Jan 14, 2013 at 5:47 PM

      You gotta stay away from the coffee now. Apparently caffeine makes you go blind.

  4. bh192012 - Jan 14, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    If you play baseball professionally and take “suppliments” from GNC, you better cross check the ingredients with the banned list. That’s just common sense.

    • dontfeedgigantor - Jan 15, 2013 at 12:17 AM

      No, you can’t even do that. Because some supplements contain banned substances that aren’t listed on the bottle.

  5. dondada10 - Jan 14, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    This stuff is in pre-workout supps. Like n.o. explode or 1mr. Dude was probably just getting ready to lift and didn’t read the ingredients.

    • paperlions - Jan 14, 2013 at 6:32 PM

      Are ingredient lists on these types of supplements comprehensive and accurate? It isn’t like they are regulated by anyone.

      • dondada10 - Jan 14, 2013 at 9:35 PM

        No. A lot of times, the supplier claims one of their ingredients is a “matrix.” For example, a sup will claim to have an energy matrix. You usually have to go to the website to find out what that’s made up of.

  6. hammyofdoom - Jan 14, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    I have no ill-will towards the Rays, but is it just me or are a disproportionate amount of these minor league suspensions coming against Rays players? Could be just the ones I’ve noticed; merely curious is all.

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