Wilson Betemit, three other minor leaguers receive drug suspensions

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Not surprising: a 4:30ish press release from Major League Baseball announcing multiple minor league drug suspensions. Surprising: one of them has a recognizable name. The player: Wilson Betemit.

Betemit a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Amphetamine. Betemit spent all of 2014 playing for Durham, the Rays’ Triple-A team, where he didn’t hit well at all. He’s a free agent now, and one who is far less appealing to anyone given that he’s got a suspension looming. This could be the last news item we hear about Betemit as a player.

The others:

  • Boston Red Sox Minor League shortstop Ricardo Cubillan has received a 76-game suspension without pay after testing positive for a metabolite of Nandrolone;
  • San Francisco Giants Minor League right-handed pitcher Ethan Miller has received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Amphetamine; and
  • Free agent Minor League first baseman Tanner Norton has received a 50-game suspension without pay following a second positive test for a drug of abuse

Which, on the bright side: those guys can all say that they were included in a news item with a genuine major leaguer one time.