MLB announced Thursday that right-handed reliever Kameron Loe and minor league outfielder Terrell Joyce have each been suspended 50 games for a second positive test for a drug of abuse. Both players are currently free agents and will begin their suspensions once they sign with new teams.
Loe, 33, owns a 4.49 ERA over 322 appearances in the majors and might be best remembered for his time with the Brewers. He last appeared in the majors in 2013 and pitched exclusively at the Triple-A level last year between stints with the Braves, Diamondbacks, and Royals while posting an ugly 7.51 ERA over over 25 appearances.
Joyce, 22, was a 12th round pick of the Astros in 2012. He batted .231/.309/.495 with 11 home runs and 32 RBI over 53 games with Low-A Tri-City last season.
On Monday, Cardinals reliever Brett Cecil was placed on the 10-day injured list due to Carpal Tunnel syndrome. Cecil, who notably lost 42 pounds since the end of the 2018 season, was having trouble with his mechanics throughout spring training and only logged two official Grapefruit League innings.
Cecil, 32, is entering the third year of his four-year, $30.5 million contract. He struggled last year, finishing with a 6.89 ERA and a 19/25 K/BB ratio in 32 2/3 innings. The lefty dealt with shoulder and foot injuries during the season as well.
The Cardinals bolstered the bullpen in December, signing lefty Andrew Miller to a two-year, $25 million deal. It would be nice to have a healthy and effective Cecil, but the high-leverage workload will be managed by Miller and Jordan Hicks as well as Alex Reyes.
Cecil was among a handful of Cardinals to hit the injured list on Monday, joining Carlos Martínez (right shoulder cuff strain), Jedd Gyorko (right calf strain), Luke Gregerson (right shoulder impingement), and Justin Williams (right hand second metacarpal fracture).