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Rays prospect Taylor Guerrieri suspended for drug of abuse

Oct 18, 2013, 5:37 PM EDT

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Taylor Guerrieri, a pitching prospect who was the Rays’ first-round pick in 2011, has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for a drug of abuse. It was his second violation and Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the drug is believed to be marijuana.

He’ll start serving the 50-game suspension at the beginning of next season, but it’s essentially meaningless because he’s expected to miss most of the year following Tommy John elbow surgery anyway.

Coming into this season Guerrieri was a top-100 prospect according to both Baseball America and MLB.com and he was fantastic at Single-A before being shut down, throwing 67 innings with a 2.01 ERA and 51/12 K/BB ratio at age 20.

  1. lingerie00yardsale - Oct 18, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Pot is basically legal in a number of states and yet MLB continues beating this stupid, stupid drum.

    • blacksables - Oct 19, 2013 at 6:39 AM

      I believe the players union has to sign off on any thing like this. Why don’t you call them out also?

      • chauklit2000 - Oct 19, 2013 at 2:52 PM

        Done. The player’s union is also stupid.

      • blacksables - Oct 19, 2013 at 2:53 PM

        See how easy that was.

  2. irishdodger - Oct 18, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Drugs are bad…umkay

  3. stabonerichard - Oct 18, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Pot killed my roommate’s dog so zip it.

  4. savior72 - Oct 18, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    Would you stand in a box and let someone who is high throw 100 mph at you? No thanks, not me.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 18, 2013 at 7:24 PM

      what makes you think you could hit the ball?

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 18, 2013 at 7:44 PM

      Savior, no one is suggesting that people get stoned before or during work hours. But after work is your own business and a growing majority of Americans agree it is absurd for any government to tell responsible adults what they cannot put in their own bodies. The government’s proper role is to provide me with accurate information and perhaps tax the sales of whatever I choose to ingest. Irresponsible people who get high and drive or otherwise cause problems for others should of course be dealt with accordingly.

  5. joeyvottoisacat - Oct 18, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Well, savior72, I would much rather have a guy TRYING to throw a 100 mph pitch at me while he was high than if he was drunk.

  6. papichulo55 - Oct 18, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    He chose to be a professional baseball player, and agreed to the rules. He violated those rules, twice, and should expect to pay the price. Nothing to debate here.

    • 2077james - Oct 18, 2013 at 7:29 PM

      Don’t be the fun police. Nothing wrong with a little weed.

      • allday420ap - Oct 18, 2013 at 7:57 PM

        you hit the nail on the head there james

  7. kinggator - Oct 18, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Is he having Tommy John or Tommy Chong surgery?

  8. tfbuckfutter - Oct 18, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Ridiculous.

    Plus since it’s Florida, he’s lucky the state didn’t take away his license for a year (which makes perfect sense) because as the rest of the country progresses, Florida decides to tighten up laws on victimless “crimes”.

    And as for facing a pitcher who is stoned….all I know is that my motor skills and focus improve significantly when I’m stoned. It’s the only way I can beat a goddamn helicopter or plane mission in Grand Theft Auto or Saint’s Row.

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