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Two minor leaguers suspended for drugs

May 1, 2014, 5:03 PM EDT

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From the blotter:

Free agent Minor League right-handed pitchers Manuel Montilla and Euris Quezada have each received 50-game suspensions without pay after testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol.  The suspensions of Montilla and Quezada will be effective immediately upon their signing with another Major League organization.

As of the end of March first time suspensions are ratcheted up to 80 games, so I presume this means that these tests were administered before then.

  1. bisonaudit - May 1, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    When you’re taking the same stuff that Ben Johnson got caught using in 1988, that’s just a suspension for being stupid.

    • raysfan1 - May 1, 2014 at 5:27 PM

      The stuff has actually been around since 1962 and is still one of the most commonly used steroids.

  2. DJ MC - May 1, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Are the minor-league and major-league rules the same, in this case? The latter rules are collectively-bargained, but the former are imposed, so they might not have changed them yet.

  3. someguyinva - May 1, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    What happened to the Rachel Leigh Cook picture that used to accompany these posts?

  4. jwbiii - May 1, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    This is odd. Quezada was busted back in 2011. Seems like he should have got more.

  5. metalhead65 - May 1, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    not to worry guys Craig won’t hold that against you should ever reach the majors. he will still consider you for the hall fame when your career is done.

  6. mikhelb - May 1, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Meanwhile in México, venezuelan Alex Cabrera (once the homerun king in Japan), is disputing his lifetime ban after testing positive for the first time.

    Some might remember Cabrera as the player mentioned in the Mitchell Report when the DBacks received in their clubhouse a shipment containing a PED (winstrol) for him.

    • renaado - May 2, 2014 at 4:16 AM

      He never was a Hr king in Japan though, both Cabrera and Tuffy Rhodes were tied with Sadaharu Oh’s 55 hr mark in Japan, pitchers durin that time don’t want foreign batters to pass the Yomiuri Giant legend’s homerun mark till the 2013 season when Wladimir Balentien blasted 60 bombs playin with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows.

      • renaado - May 2, 2014 at 4:33 AM

        Oh, and Randy Bass too with the Hanshin Tigers back in 1985. He was intentionally walked there 4 times without ever swingin the bat, Keith Comstock of the Yomiuri Giants and also Oh’s team he’s currently managing at. An unnamed Giants coach threaten his own player, where he has to pay a fine for 1000 US dollars with every strike he throws.

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