Phillies minor leaguer suspended 50 games for a drug of abuse


Phillies minor league pitcher Shane Watson has been suspended 50 games for violating the minor league drug policy, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Gelb adds that Watson used a drug of abuse, not a performance-enhancer.

Watson, 21, missed the final two months of the 2013 season and all of this season with a shoulder injury. He underwent surgery back in January and wasn’t expected back at any point this season. Watson still may not be ready for the start of the 2015 minor league season, when his suspension will begin.

The Phillies took Watson in the first round, 40th overall, in the 2012 draft. In 72 innings across 16 starts for Single-A Lakewood in 2013, Watson posted a 4.75 ERA with a 53/28 K/BB ratio.