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Red Sox minor leaguer suspended for a third positive test for a drug of abuse

Jun 16, 2014, 5:03 PM EDT

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Three strikes with a drug of abuse and you’re out for 100 games:

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Boston Red Sox Minor League left-handed pitcher Miguel Pena has received a 100-game suspension without pay after a third positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The suspension of Pena, who is currently on the roster of the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs of the Eastern League, is effective immediately.

Pena, a starter mostly, has a career minor league ERA of 4.16 and is posting a 6.41 ERA this year. And now things have gone from bad to worse.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 16, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    Obviously, whatever he was using, was not going to help him make the majors.

    • jwbiii - Jun 16, 2014 at 5:46 PM

      An outing like this

      http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?t=g_box&did=milb&gid=2014_05_27_nbraax_prtaax_1

      and the fact that his ERA has gone up by almost .5 since then makes me think that maybe he is hurt and self medicating.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 16, 2014 at 5:51 PM

        That was his third positive test. He should have known better.

    • paperlions - Jun 16, 2014 at 6:12 PM

      Drug of abuse….as in drug addict….not PED as in trying to cheat.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 16, 2014 at 6:14 PM

        I saw that; however, it was still not going to help him make the majors.

    • drewzducks - Jun 16, 2014 at 7:03 PM

      He has a substance abuse problem. He apparently was not caught for taking a Melk shake.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 16, 2014 at 7:09 PM

        He was caught 3 times. If he stays in baseball, there will likely be a fourth time.

      • playball - Jun 16, 2014 at 7:23 PM

        Do any teams offer any drug-rehab programs? It would be a real great way to offer players an opportunity to get sober.

      • jwbiii - Jun 16, 2014 at 10:31 PM

        The league does. It’s in the JDA, Section 4.

        http://bizofbaseball.com/docs/2012-16MLB-MLBPAJointDrugProgram.pdf

    • drewsylvania - Jun 16, 2014 at 10:16 PM

      It was a drug of abuse, not performance-enhancement.

      • mikhelb - Jun 17, 2014 at 6:38 AM

        Cocaine and Extasy can give people a boost to perform better and they are listed as “drugs of abuse” along with marihuana, the first two and amphetamines/metamphetamines can surely help with the performance of players day to day.

        Do we know if he smoked pot or was it other substance?

  2. happytwinsfan - Jun 16, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    The kids smokes pot, whoop de doo. If the stuff were legal I’d smoke it. It’s way less bad for you than alcohol.

    Does anybody doubt that the only reason MLB, and the other sports, suspends players for smoking pot is because they believe that if they don’t their marketing brand might be damaged, hence costing them money.

    I say that by acting as if this is some sort of immoral character flaw, we’re being a bunssh of sancsstimoonious shypocrites (hic) !!

    • mikhelb - Jun 17, 2014 at 6:39 AM

      Do we know if the drug of abuse was marihuana or another drug of abouse like heroine, crack, cocaine?

  3. renaado - Jun 16, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Play now with LG Twins, they don’t give a crap bout your status.

    • kylewo - Jun 16, 2014 at 9:21 PM

      And pay you 70% of your salary under the table. Possibly in bitcoins.

    • happytwinsfan - Jun 16, 2014 at 10:43 PM

      What exactly does “LG Twins” mean? I could guess, but because I know you are very young I prefer to give you the benefit of the doubt.

      • renaado - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:09 PM

        The LG Twins is a Baseball league from South Korea, they really need more foreign pitchers there knowin Cory Riordan has been ineffective as of late… Everett Teaford as far as I know has been pitchin decent games there, Shin Jung Rak and Kim Sun Woo are pitching like crap.

        Yes, I’m also an avid supporter of Korean Baseball especially the LG Twins.

        ALSO HAVE THE WORST RECORD IN THE CURRENT KBO STANDINGS.

      • renaado - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:20 PM

        Check that, 2nd worse record in the league now. I forgot they just won against SK.

      • happytwinsfan - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:24 PM

        I apologize for my first suspicion. Even though I’m about half a century older than you, you have taught me something, again. Thank you.

        One suggestion. Don;t worry about talking how Americans talk. We have as much or more to learn from you as you have to learn from us.

      • renaado - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:44 PM

        Your welcome :-)

        It’s alright, no need to apologize. Just glad to show somethin new and help out.

  4. yahmule - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Too bad he’s not in the majors already. He can smoke all the marijuana he likes in MLB and never have to worry about a drug test. Freedom from random drug testing is just one of the many rights major leaguers negotiated away from minor leaguers in recent years.

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