Major League Baseball announced today that Phillies prospect Elniery Garcia has been suspended 80 games for testing positive for Boldenone. Garcia is on the Phillies’ 40-man roster.
Garcia, a pitcher, had not yet played above High-A, but he had a promising 2016 season which showed increased velocity. Most prospect evaluators had him as a top-10 talent in the Phillies’ system, and his place on the 40-man reflected the club’s optimism about his future as well. It’s not unreasonable to think that, had he not been suspended, 2017 would’ve been a year in which he saw work at multiple levels and, if things went optimally, he might’ve been called up when rosters expanded in September.
Now he loses half a season of development. That’s a tough break, but if you do the crime, you do the time.
White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar passed out in the dugout after completing his outing against the Astros on Friday evening. The cause of the incident has yet to be determined, but Farquhar was supervised by the club’s medical personnel and EMTs and regained consciousness before being taken to Rush University Medical Center for further treatment and testing. A diagnosis has not been announced by the team.
Farquhar pitched 2/3 of an inning in relief during Friday’s 10-0 loss to Houston. He was brought in to relieve James Shields in the top of the sixth inning and was immediately bested by George Springer, who belted a ground-rule double down the right field line and scored Brian McCann and Derek Fisher for the Astros’ sixth and seventh runs of the night. He recovered to strike out Jose Altuve, but was again punished with a two-run homer from Carlos Correa (his first of two), and induced a fly out to end the inning.
The 31-year-old righty pitched just 7 1/3 innings with the club prior to Friday’s performance, issuing four hits, three runs, two homers and eight strikeouts in seven appearances.