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Tigers minor leaguer Cesar Carrillo suspended 100 games

Mar 15, 2013, 5:14 PM EDT

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Tigers minor leaguer Cesar Carrillo, who was named in the Biogenesis documents, has been suspended 100 games for what MLB announced as “his violations of the minor league drug prevention and treatment program.” No other specifics were given, which is unusual for drug-related suspensions.

Carrillo was the Padres’ first-round pick in 2005 out of the University of Miami, where he played with Ryan Braun and Danny Valencia, and the right-hander pitched briefly in the majors in 2009.

For now it’s unclear if his inclusion in those documents is directly related to the 100-game suspension. Just speculation here, but if it is related this could be MLB testing whether they can suspend a player named in the Biogenesis documents without getting significant pushback. And since Carrillo is a minor leaguer not currently on a 40-man roster, he may not be able to put up as much of a fight.

UPDATE: According to Ken Rosenthal of the suspension is “indeed related to name surfacing in Biogenesis documents.”

  1. historiophiliac - Mar 15, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Aaron, honey, this does not count as Tigers awesomenss. 😦

  2. geoknows - Mar 15, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Odd. I thought a player got 100 games for the second suspension (unless it was a recreational drug). Has he been suspended before? If not, isn’t 100 games out of the ordinary for a first suspension?

    • geoknows - Mar 15, 2013 at 5:33 PM

      I checked Biz of Baseball and yes, it’s his first suspension…

    • historiophiliac - Mar 15, 2013 at 5:45 PM

      It’s probably because he’s in the prevention/treatment program already.

  3. proudlycanadian - Mar 15, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    I understand that the clinic in question was across the street from the University of Miami.

    • Old Gator - Mar 16, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      Well, it’s kinda cattycorner down US1. And you can’t cross that road between 6AM and 11PM on a weekday without getting killed anyway.

  4. warpd - Mar 15, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Based on the photo, if that dude was buying steroids he got ripped off.

  5. schlom - Mar 15, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Jeff Passan is reporting that MLB was using the threat of suspension to get the minor leaguers to talk (as they couldn’t do this to anyone on the 40 man roster):–bad-news–where-miami-new-times-fails–government-steps-up-in-biogenesis-case-012828073.html

    “Because Carrillo is not on the Detroit Tigers’ 40-man roster, the league could compel him to speak with the threat of discipline.”

    • historiophiliac - Mar 15, 2013 at 8:14 PM

      Do you think it mattered that he used to be Ryan Braun’s roommate?

      • schlom - Mar 15, 2013 at 8:39 PM

        Possibly but I think the most important think is that he isn’t part of the union so MLB can pretty much do whatever they want.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 15, 2013 at 8:44 PM

        Maybe they think he has dirt on Braun too, and they can use their leverage to try to get it.

        You’re a Homer!

  6. ezthinking - Mar 16, 2013 at 3:32 AM

    Probably his name was in the list, got tested like everyone else on the list – like Gio – and he pissed hot. He’s already on the “program” so a failed test = 100 games.

  7. Old Gator - Mar 16, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    I think they realized that the guy was lying about his age and was actually Nomar Garciaparra after a couple of facelifts and hormone therapy trying to pull off a stealth comeback.

    • twelsh36446 - Mar 18, 2013 at 5:34 PM


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