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.