They aren’t getting the hang of this whole PED testing thing. According to Maury Brown of Biz of Baseball, the Mets led all organizations with eight PED suspensions in 2009. The Cardinals and Royals were second with six.
Brown points out that 39 of the 82 minor league drug suspensions
occurred in the Dominican and Venezuelan Summer Leagues, a figure that
shouldn’t surprise when we learn many of the banned substances in the
MiLB policy are legal and can be purchased over the counter in those
countries. Five of the eight players in the Mets organization tested
positive while playing in these leagues.
There were four suspensions at the major league level last season
(Sergio Mitre, J.C. Romero, Kelvin Pichardo and Manny Ramirez) after Eliezer Alfonzo and Humberto Cota tested positive in 2008.
The Rangers outrighted reliever Shawn Tolleson off the 40-man roster on Wednesday. Rather than accept the assignment to Triple-A Round Rock, Tolleson has opted to become a free agent, Rangers executive VP of communications John Blake reports.
Tolleson, 28, emerged as a closer for the Rangers in 2015, but his follow-up campaign this year was dreadful. He finished with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He eventually went on the 60-day disabled list with a back injury.
Despite the nightmarish season, it’s easy to see a team deciding to take a flier on Tolleson for the 2017 season.
Indians slugger Carlos Santana hasn’t played in the outfield in a major league game since 2012, but the Indians are strongly considering starting him in left field for Game 3 of the World Series at Wrigley Field on Friday, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports. As the game is hosted in a National League park, there is no DH rule in effect, so the Indians might otherwise have to keep Santana on the bench.
Santana is hitless in six at-bats in the World Series thus far, but he has drawn two walks. He has overall not had a great postseason, carrying an aggregate .564 OPS in 40 plate appearances since the beginning of the playoffs. Still, during the regular season, he had an .865 OPS so he can certainly be a threat on offense at any given moment.