This time, it’s the Grapefruit League’s turn

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Nine minor-league players were suspended on Friday after testing positive for performance-enhancing substances, MLB announced Friday. The nine were among 251 players tested in minor-league spring training camps in Florida.

Three of the suspended players are in the Orioles’ organization, with two each in Atlanta’s and The New York Mets’. Three of the nine were released during the spring, with one being picked up by another team. All players received 15-day, first-offense suspensions.

Among those suspended was former Mets pitcher Grant Roberts, who faced the threat of criminal charges in 2003 after an ex-girlfriend released a photo of him smoking what she said was marijuana. Prosecutors ruled they didn’t have enough evidence to file charges. Roberts apparently subsequently decided to change to performance-enhancing substances from performance-limiting substances.

Player Minor League Club Major League Club Games Suspended
Jurries, James Richmond Braves Atlanta Braves 15
Rodriguez, Ricardo Richmond Braves Atlanta Braves 15
Cates, Gary Jr. Bowie Baysox Baltimore Orioles 15
Diaz, Rafael Bowie Baysox Baltimore Orioles 15
Salazar, Richard Ottawa Lynx Baltimore Orioles 15
Torres, Eider Buffalo Bisons Cleveland Indians 15
Myers, Damien Erie Seawolves (released) Detroit Tigers 15
Roberts, Grant Norfolk Tides (released) New York Mets 15
Seuss, Adam Binghamton Mets (released) *New York Mets 15

* Currently a member of the Houston Astros organization.

Published April 22, 2005

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