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September 30, 2010

O's minor leaguer suspended for failing drug test

Alfredo Zambrano, a 17-year-old shortstop from Venezuela that played for the Orioles' Dominican Summer League team this year, was suspended for 50 games for failing a drug test, Major League Baseball announced today.

Zambrano was one of three suspensions announced, along with international minor leaguers in summer leagues with the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Angels.

The suspensions will take effect next year.

Zambrano, who batted .140 in 18 games for the Orioles' DSL team, tested positive for metabolites of the banned substance, Nandrolone.

Posted by Dan Connolly at 7:25 PM | | Comments (2)


If he hit .140 on drugs, I'd hate to see what he hits without them.

Release him. Release anyone who gets caught doing performance enhancing drugs. And don't sign any of those cheaters, either. I'm sick of it.

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