It’s wrong that the arbitrator in the A-Rod case came up with some improvised penalty regimen that essentially stacked his offenses to make some 150-game mega-suspension. Because this is how you’re supposed to do 150-game suspensions:
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Milwaukee Brewers Minor League left-handed pitcher Will West has received a 100-game suspension without pay after testing positive for an Amphetamine, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, as well as a third positive test for a drug of abuse.
The suspension of West, who is currently on the roster of the rookie-level Arizona League Brewers, will be effective upon completion of his current 50-game suspension, which commenced on August 5, 2013.
So, three times on a drug of abuse and one test for amphetamines = 150 games in two separate suspensions. If it was A-Rod I calculate that it would be [counts fingers and toes] eleventy-billion games.
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner left Monday’s Cactus League game against the Athletics after he was hit by a pitch. He went for X-rays, revealing that he suffered a broken wrist, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Shaikin adds that Turner is unlikely to return before May, noting that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman missed six weeks with a similar injury last year and Astros outfielder George Springer missed nine weeks in 2015.
Needless to say, this is a huge loss for the Dodgers. Last year, Turner hit .322/.415/.530 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI in 543 plate appearances, helping the Dodgers reach the World Series. He made the All-Star team for the first time in his career and finished eighth in NL MVP balloting.
Thankfully, the Dodgers have some versatile players on the roster. Logan Forsythe could move from second base to third, giving Chase Utley more playing time at second. Enrique Hernandez could man the hot corner as well. Chris Taylor has played some third base, or he could shift to second base in Forsythe’s stead. The club should shed some light on how it plans to move forward following Turner’s injury.