Brewers prospect Mark Rogers gets busted for stimulant use

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Former first-round pick Mark Rogers was suspended for 25 games Friday after a second positive test for a banned stimulant.

The good news for Rogers is that the suspension kicks in immediately.  The injury-plagued right-hander is on the shelf because of carpal tunnel syndrome in his throwing wrist, and he was already expected to undergo season-ending surgery, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports.

Rogers, 25, was the fifth overall selection in the 2004 draft.  He missed entire seasons in 2007 and ’08, but after a breakthrough 2010 that culminated in a couple of starts for the Brewers last September, he was expected to compete for a rotation spot this spring.  Instead, he’s missed much of the year with a sore shoulder and now the wrist injury.  He was 0-5 with a 9.34 ERA in 44 1/3 innings for three minor league teams this season.

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.