Three minor leaguers suspended
Free agent right-hander Robinson Fabian became the second minor leaguer in a two-month span to be suspended for 25 games for possession of an unauthorized syringe.
Fabian's suspension was announced Monday by Major League Baseball along with 50-game penalties for Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Ryan Sasaki and Kansas City Royals second baseman Justin Trapp. They both tested positive under baseball's minor league drug program.
A baseball official told The Associated Press that Fabian's ban was because of a syringe. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the reason for the suspension was not announced.
On Feb. 8, Washington Nationals catcher Hector Taveras received a 25-game suspension under the minor league program because of syringe possession. While most suspensions for first offenses are for 50 games, MLB can impose lesser discipline if the reason for the penalty was other than a positive test. Under the minor league program, which is stricter than the major league's joint drug agreement with the union, players may only be in possession of syringes if they have team permission.
Sasaki, on the roster of the Gulf Coast League Phillies, had an elevated testosterone/epitestosterone ratio. Trapp, on the roster of the Class A Kane County Cougars, tested positive for Phentermine.
Twenty-one suspensions have been announced this year under the minor league program.
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press