Free agent outfielder Cedric Hunter has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for amphetamines, David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Hunter, 28, found his way back to the majors this past season, making the Phillies’ 25-man roster out of spring training. However, he hit just .088/.139/.176 in 36 plate appearances before being demoted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. In 350 PA there, Hunter hit .294/.324/.433 with 10 home runs and 43 RBI.
The suspension will certainly be a detriment to Hunter’s ability to secure a contract. He might have to wait until April or May before latching on with a team.