Edinson Volquez, the injured Reds ace, apparently tested positive for PEDs during a spring training test. He claims that he had taken a fertility drug in the Dominican Republic as he and his wife are trying to start a family. If that’s the case, don’t you get that approved with the league before you actually take it?
Moreover, why does his suspension start now while Volquez is on the DL, rather than after he would be eligible to play (perhaps, say, late July or August)? If you get suspended, like Cliff Lee did, for throwing at a player that suspension doesn’t start until you are an active member of the team. This just encourages people to try something while recovering from a major injury to get better faster (are you reading this, Tiger Woods?). [SI/MLB]
Others who agree with me? Joe Lemire of SI. Jon Paul Morosi of FoxSports. It may be for different reasons, but we all agree this stinks.
Speaking of Cliff Lee’s Suspension…
It’s not gonna happen. The MLB, upon appeal, decided that Cliff Lee‘s recovery from injuries to his foot contributed to his lack of control in a spring training game – and not throwing at Chris Snyder‘s head after Lee and Snyder collided at the plate in a previous inning. [ESPN]
From the Training Room…
Darnell McDonald and Josh Reddick have joined the Red Sox outfield as both Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Cameron were placed on the DL. McDonald is a longtime bush leaguer who has about 140 at bats in a couple of previous MLB trips. He’s organizational depth. Reddick has occasionally looked like a prospect, once hitting .343 at A+ Lancaster in the California League, but despite his power and occasional bat control, I think he’s no better than a fifth outfielder anyway… [ESPN]
Ranger second baseman Ian Kinsler is testing his injured ankle in hopes of starting his rehab assignment this month for Texas. [MLB]
Mets centerfielder Carlos Beltran is “making progress” in his knee rehab – but he still cannot run. Neither can pitcher Ryota Igarashi, who strained a hammy trying to field a bunt against the Cubs last night. It probably doesn’t affect your fantasy team, though. [MLB]
MLB Approves Hoodie…
At least Joe Maddon can rest more easily, as can your local Walmart or Target. [SI]
For my Fellow Cub Fans…
The Cubs are looking at Braden Looper. Forgive me if I don’t get too excited. On the other hand, I watched them last night and wasn’t too excited about what I saw either. [FoxSports]
From the Transaction Wire…
The Dodgers returned Jon Link to AAA Albuquerque, and activated reliever Ronald Belisario.
The Angels placed catcher Jeff Mathis on the 15 day DL and recalled Robb Quinlan.
Houston placed infielder Chris Johnson on the DL with a strained right intercostal muscle, and recalled Lance Berkman.
Cleveland recalled hitter Russell Branyan, costing outfielder Michael Brantley his job. Brantley heads to AAA Columbus.
Baltimore dispatched struggling pitcher Brad Bergesen to AAA Norfolk and called up Alberto Castillo.
I watched Bergesen get lit up by Seattle. Castillo is a minor league and independent league veteran, throws lefty, and has had a couple of previous shots with Baltimore and never been too bad. He’s a platoon guy – but very happy to have made the roster. Castillo jumped from Cuba in 1994 and is just shy of 35 years old. Maybe he can stay a little longer this time.
The Red Sox traded Andrew Dobies to the White Sox. Dobies was a third round pick out of Virginia six years ago who never got out of AA. He recently converted to a relief role and has been a bit more successful, but we’ll see if he can make it one more step or two forward.
1887 – Joe McCarthy – Hall of Fame manager
1919 – Stan Rojek – “Happy Rabbit”
1937 – Gary Peters
1941 – Dick Green
1947 – Al Bumbry
1962 – Les Lancaster
1963 – Ken Caminiti
1973 – Kevin Brown
1977 – Kip Wells
1981 – Ronny Paulino – Wonder if the Marlins will let him catch tonight?