Alex ColomeMajor League Baseball has announced that pitcher Alex Colome, one of the top prospects in the Rays’ organization, has been suspended for 50 games for failing a drug test.

Colome made three starts for the Rays in 2013, allowing just four earned runs in 16 innings. In 14 starts at triple-A Durham, Colome had a 3.07 ERA with 72 strikeouts in 70.1 innings.

Colome tested positive for Boldenone, an anabolic steroid made for veterinary use, including horses. However, it has also been a drug of choice among bodybuilders.

 
 

11 Comments

  1. ken says:

    Curious to see the impact this will have on current plans. Who is now the first man up? Do the Rays change course on Odorizzi? Will they pluck someone off the waiver wire? What do you think Cork?

  2. Rob says:

    What an idiot.

  3. Geoff Peterson says:

    Very disappointing. I’m not naive enough to think there aren’t still a lot of players using PEDs, only now they are using better masking drugs. It’s still disappointing to find so many of our minor leaguers suspended for this. The organization needs to do a much better job at the lower levels of watching for this and the Latin American countries also need to make testing and PED education a bigger issue among kids starting at a very young age. US born players are not innocent of using PEDs but I think they get a much better background in the dangers and are tested in HS in some states and in college

  4. Alex says:

    A player from the Dominican Republic got caught for steroids? That can’t be true. They are all naturally gifted players like David Ortiz who continues to improve past age 35. Another naturally gifted slugger named Barry Bonds did that too.

  5. ken says:

    Another question: How does the suspension affect his roster status?

  6. Dave L says:

    Rays must have known for a while he would be lost. This explains the total of 2 innings pitched in week 2 and 3.

    Not much work for a potential 2014 spot starter.

    • ken says:

      Interesting observation Dave. I also noticed that in Cork’s “innings breakdown” but just figured they wanted to give Karnes, Bedard, Ramos and Odo more work as 5 spot candidates. If they did know it makes Odo’s selection even more puzzling.

      • Beth says:

        Why does it make Odorizzi’s selection puzzling? They clearly didn’t like what they saw in Bedard, and they have now both Ramos and Karns as reasonable options should there be any more injuries before Hellickson gets back.

        • ken says:

          Beth, I was/am a big fan of the Odorizzi decision. However the Rays have long been a team that likes to protect pitching assets with options left. If they knew two weeks ago that Colome was going to get suspended, they also knew that they had a weakened AAA staff. Karns isn’t ready and inserting Ramos as a starter would leave them thin at LH reliever. Thankfully Ordorizzi didn’t pay the price for Colome’s mistake. Hopefully the current rotation stays healthy. I believe that Bedard will be gone so…an injury now would make the rotation far weaker than if they had chosen Bedard. But, you know what they say about hindsight.

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