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Four Biogenesis minor leaguers to remain suspended into 2014

Aug 5, 2013, 2:57 PM EDT

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Part of the rush to get the Biogenesis suspensions announced now was to allow major leaguers could finish their bans this year (and thus not appeal said bans). Things won’t go so smoothly for minor leaguers, though. Of the 13 players about to be suspended by Major League Baseball, four are not on 40-man rosters and will have to continue serving out their suspensions next year, a source familiar with the investigation told’s Craig Calcaterra . Those four are:

Astros reliever Sergio Escalona
Yankees outfielder Fernando Martinez
Padres reliever Fautino De Los Santos
Free agent reliever Jordan Norberto

Jesus Montero of the Mariners and Cesar Puello and Jordany Valdespin of the Mets are also currently in the minors, but since they’re on 40-man rosters, they’re treated as major leaguers, meaning all three will be allowed to finish out their suspensions this year.

There are currently about 28-29 minor league games remaining in the season. Any playoff games will also likely count towards the 50, but Escalona, Martinez and De Los Santos will be prevented from playing for the first weeks of 2014.

All four players have major league experience. Escalona, who has been hurt this year, had allowed 11 runs in 15 innings for Double-A Corpus Christi. Martinez, who is always hurt, was at .325/.394/.554 with four homers in 83 at-bats for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after signing on with the Yankees in June. De Los Santos did his best work for the A’s in 2011. He’s pitched just 2 1/3 innings in the Padres system this year.

It remains to be seen whether the league will give any special consideration to Norberto, who can’t actually serve his suspension while unemployed and who isn’t likely to receive much interest with the suspension hanging over his head. Norberto had a 2.77 ERA in 52 innings for the A’s last year before falling apart this spring and getting hurt. He was released earlier this year.


Update: Puello was incorrectly listed as being in with the group of minor leaguers. He’s a member of the Mets’ 40-man roster and will be allowed to complete his suspension this year.

De Los Santos’ status as a Padres minor leaguer has been corrected. He was released by the team earlier this season (and mistakenly listed as a free agent here), but he was re-signed to a minor league contract.

  1. bpilgrim11 - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Except Puello is on the Mets 40-man roster.

  2. apkyletexas - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Pirates fan – thumbing my nose at all you roid-loving fans of other cheating teams.

    MLB should make a special trophy for the Pirates – the Golden No-Cheating Championships trophy. Or the “It’s OK For Your Kids to Look Up to These Players” trophy. I’ll take that over one of the roid-fueled, tainted Yankee or Red Sox World Series trophies.

    Our ’79 trophy is still clean, shiny and untainted.

    • raysfan1 - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:16 PM

      …if, by untainted and being able to look up to players, you feel cocaine use is okay.

      • bsbiz - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:32 PM

        To be fair, average male height currently is around 5’10”, while in 1979, it was 5’9″, so they would be looking up (by fractions of a degree).

  3. kevinbnyc - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Fernando Martinez is a Yankee, just like A-ROD! Jesus Montero played on the Yankees….with A-ROD! It’s a Yankees/PED/MLB collusion scandal!!! DOOM!!!

    • bsbiz - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:33 PM


  4. clydeserra - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    I believe Norberto has a grievance still open against the A’s who, he claims, optioned him to AAA knowing that he was injured.

  5. spursareold - Aug 5, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Man. How bad is it for you when you juice, STILL don’t play in the majors, and then get your crappy minor league paycheck taken. I guess there will be some guys on this list working at Sears for the better part of a year.

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