NEW YORK -- Tampa Bay relief pitcher Juan Salas was
suspended for 50 games Monday after becoming the first player this
year to flunk a drug test under Major League Baseball's testing
Salas tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance, the
commissioner's office said. His suspension will start Tuesday.
There were just three suspensions last year under the major
league program: New York Mets pitcher Yusaku Iriki, former Arizona
pitcher Jason Grimsley and Mets reliever Guillermo Mota, who is
serving his 50-game penalty at the start of this season.
Salas, a 28-year-old right-hander, is 1-1 with a 3.95 ERA in 15
appearances this season. He will lose about one-third of his
"The Tampa Bay Devil Rays fully support Major League Baseball's
drug testing policy. We will do all we can to help Juan get his
career headed back on a positive course," the team said in a