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Salas hit with drug suspension

Posted May 7, 2007 by Marc Lancaster

Updated May 7, 2007 at 05:31 PM

Rays reliever Juan Salas has been suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

Under terms of the 2006 drug-testing agreement, a 50-game ban means this is Salas’ first positive test.

The Rays issued the following statement this afternoon as the team prepared to fly to Baltimore, saying team officials would have no further comment:

“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.”

A corresponding roster move will be made tomorrow. The Rays already had planned to call up Chad Orvella to replace Ruddy Lugo; this may mean Tim Corcoran will join the team as well.

Reader Comments

Por (Steven W. Hair) on May 07, 2007 (Suggest removal)

Are you still guilty of using performance enhancing substances if your performance is not enhanced?  Salas needs to get his money back.

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Por (Mike Creyton) on May 07, 2007 (Suggest removal)

This is a complete shock.  Salas put together one of the most dominating seasons I can ever remember in AA and AAA last year and was one of baseball’s most highly touted closer prospects.  I have to wonder how much of that was legitimate now. This is a big blow. He was our 2nd best reliever right now and had the brightest future of anyone in the pen.  I am crushed. This hurts. I was one of his biggest fans.

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Por (Joseph Castaldo) on May 07, 2007 (Suggest removal)

Thank God for drug testing!  I just wish Camp, Stokes, Glover, and the rest of that lacklusting, under performing relief pitching was suspended! 

Albeit for Reyes, who has been superb, the Rays should just flush that craptastic bullpen!

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Por (Edward Vedder) on May 08, 2007 (Suggest removal)

I knew the Rays were cheaters.  The sad part is that even cheating, they cannot win consistently.  I guess it is time to be on the lookout for a new arm.  Maybe they can get Jim Morris to comeback.  If Clemens can do it, then why not Jim.

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Por (john Stolzman) on May 08, 2007 (Suggest removal)

I believe that many vetern ball players use use preformance enhanceing substances including HGH. While not condoning their use, it is a part of the game. I don’t think Salas had the medical guidence or financial “where with all” to cheat like the big boys. It is unfortunately part of the game just like spit balls and corked bats. Some get caugt some don’t

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Por (Elmira) on September 24, 2008 (Suggest removal)

It’s so pathetic that Salas has come across a drug suspension. Tue. This is a part and parcel of the same. Some get detected while others enjoy by not getting caught. Poor Salas. He has got caught and is under the 50 game ban.

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Por (Rebecca) on November 04, 2008 (Suggest removal)

“I started using marijuana when I was 10 years old, graduated to LSD and ““shrooms”” at age 12 and then to heroin, cocaine, crack, and crystal meth at 14.
Regards, Rebecca
how long does <a href=“”>cocaine</a>, <a href=“”>marijuana</a>, <a href=“”>alcohol</a> stay in your system

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