Two dudes in the same organization get popped for 50 games:
Seattle Mariners Minor League outfielders Jamal Austin and Jabari Blash have each received a 50-game suspension without pay following second positive tests for a drug of abuse. Austin is currently on the roster of the Double-A Jackson Generals of the Southern League, while Blash is on the roster of the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League. The suspensions of both players are effective immediately.
Bad couple of says for Blash. First his luggage gets lost, then he gets suspended. Man, wasn’t even worth leaving Tacoma.
The Dodgers announced that pitching prospect Walker Buehler will be called up to start on Monday against the Marlins. Rich Hill went on the 10-day disabled list with a cracked fingernail, so Buehler will serve as a fill-in while the lefty is out, likely for just one start.
Buehler, a 23-year-old right-hander, made his major league debut last September, making eight relief appearances. He struggled, yielding eight runs on 11 hits and eight walks with 12 strikeouts in 9 1/3 innings. He was off to a good start to his 2018 season at Triple-A Oklahoma City, owning a 2.08 ERA with 16 strikeouts and four walks in 13 innings.
Monday will be Buehler’s first major league start. He is the Dodgers’ No. 1 prospect and No. 12 overall in baseball according to MLB Pipeline.