Major League Baseball announced today that Josh Sale, the 17th pick of the 2010 draft has been suspended for 50 games for failing a drug test. Sale is the fourth member of the single-a Bowling Green Hot Rods to be suspended in the past week. And like the previous three, Sale was suspended for testing positive for Methamphetamine and an Amphetamine.
For his part, Sale is denying he took anything illegal (via Roger Mooney)…
“I believe my suspension is unwarranted and that I did not take any banned substance.”
The agent for Ryan Brett, one of the three suspended previously claims that the positive test was the result of a “single incident in which the evening before this random drug test he took an energy pill that was described to him as caffeine-like, but which apparently turned out to be a common form of Attention-Deficit Disorder (ADD) medication, Adderall.”
Sale, an outfielder, was hitting .264 with ten home runs and seven stolen bases in 74 games this season.
The Hot Rods have just seven games remaining in the regular season, so Sale will have to serve the majority of this sentence at the start of the 2013 season.