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    Reports from Puerto Rico suggest that Twins prospect Eddie Rosario has tested positive for a banned substance and could cost him a 50-game suspension in 2014.

    While the reports are still unconfirmed, according to an article in Sport LivePR from November 18, Rosario had informed his winter league team that he tested positive in a recent MLB drug test. According to Frankie Thon, the general manager of the team Rosario plays for, Rosario reportedly took some pills during his arm rehabilitation that were on the banned list. Thon also said that Rosario would be allowed to play in the offseason league due to a new agreement between the MLB and the winter leagues.

    Here is the explanation from the article through Google translation:

    The General Manager of the Indians, Frankie Thon, explained how he heard the news. "Eddie Rosario called me three days ago, I had some bad news, which was positive in this test question that supposedly hurt his arm and took some pills and was positive to some kind of 'drug'. It has 50 sets of suspension and understood that he could not play Winter League, "said Thon.
    Rosario spoke with the Puerto Rican website elnuevodia.com and said he was informed of the failed test after playing in the Arizona Fall League. The article also stated that his lawyers are currently appealing the suspension but Rosario believed there is little chance that the decision will be overturned.

    Rosario also said that the pills he took were they same kind he had taken in 2011 after he was struck in the face with a line drive while in Class A Beloit.

    The Twins outfield/second base prospect, who was recently named as Baseball Prospectus’ seventh rated prospect in the system, his coming off a solid year in which he hit .302/.350/.460 with 10 home runs and 32 doubles split between New Britain and Fort Myers.

    There is no official word on Rosario’s status from the Minnesota Twins.
    Comments 46 Comments
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Woah.
    1. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
      Twins Fan From Afar -
      Short of another Tommy John surgery for a pitcher, this is up there with frustrating news.
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      If it is medication for rehab, who the hell is letting him take it?
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Shane Wahl View Post
      If it is medication for rehab, who the hell is letting him take it?
      He ordered them online from some guy with the Twitter handle v_conte_was_framed, who assured him the pills were legit.
    1. chamoman's Avatar
      chamoman -
      What a bummer.<br><br>I am not a professional translator, but perhaps this is a little more accurate than Google Translator:<br><br>
      The General Manager of the Indians, Frankie Thon, explained how he heard the news. “Eddie Rosario called me about three days ago and told me he had some bad news, that he tested positive in this testing thing, that supposedly his arm hurt and he took some pills and tested positive for some type of ‘drug’.&nbsp; He has a 50-game suspension and he understood that he couldn’t play in the Winter League,” Thom said.
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    1. SgtSchmidt11's Avatar
      SgtSchmidt11 -
      Well that sucks.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      There may not be any confirmation coming soon assuming that there is an appeal. Maybe that's already happened. It's hard to know. Definitely frustrating, but the details would be the interesting part. Not all 50 game suspensions are created equal.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      It sucks, but better this year than next year. He wouldn't be up in the majors til June anyways, and there was a good chance he wouldn't be up for more than a cup of coffee anyways (unless Dozier got hurt)
    1. Steve Penz's Avatar
      Steve Penz -
      I am trying to accentuate any positive and what comes to mind is that he has performed at every level and there is not a "Melkyesque" spike in his stats. Hopefully this is a learning experience that keeps him on the straight and narrow for the rest of his career. Also, in response to Chamoman, I speak Spanish fluently and Google translate did well on that translation. Those online tools are much better than they once were. The Sport Live PR article then goes on to say that Rosario told Thon that he would not be able to play for him anymore this winter. Thon informed him that the rule had changed, he could continue playing in PR this winter and that his suspension would begin at the start of the minor league season. Thon intends to get him back in his lineup.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Quote Originally Posted by Steve Penz View Post
      I am trying to accentuate any positive and what comes to mind is that he has performed at every level and there is not a "Melkyesque" spike in his stats.
      I highly doubt it, it's not like last season Rosario came out of nowhere, he had very strong numbers in 2011 and 2012 as well, so if he was on some sort of "juice" he would most certainly have tested hot prior to this one.
    1. gunnarthor's Avatar
      gunnarthor -
      We got to teach him how to use a masking agent next time.

      Anyhow, I'm sure he's not the first guy who got hurt and took something he shouldn't have. It's not an excuse but it sounds like he took the drugs to get back rather than perform better. That's a bright side, I suppose.
    1. John Bonnes's Avatar
      John Bonnes -
      It certainly bumps back his timeline. I doubt we'll see him at Target Field this year now. I also don't doubt that when he returns from his 50-game suspension that he starts the season back in New Britain.
    1. B Richard's Avatar
      B Richard -
      This is a real punch in the groin. Better than Sano testing positive I suppose.

      On the very, very dim bright side, at least we have a clearer picture of what 2B at the MLB level will look like for now. Here's to hoping that Dozier performs.
    1. Halsey Hall's Avatar
      Halsey Hall -
      That will hurt his pocket book big time.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Quote Originally Posted by Halsey Hall View Post
      That will hurt his pocket book big time.
      Will it? Minor leaguers don't exactly make that much, I'm guessing it will cost him about 10k tops.
    1. tellis205's Avatar
      tellis205 -
      Hurt's his trade value. He was on the block for pitching help.
    1. notoriousgod71's Avatar
      notoriousgod71 -
      Quote Originally Posted by tellis205 View Post
      Hurt's his trade value. He was on the block for pitching help.
      I see this as good news. Now he is less likely to be traded during the off-season. He wasn't going to land a difference maker on the mound anyway so I'd prefer to keep him.
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      I think that the Twins need to ingrain their minor leaguers not to take anything even if their relatives or friends give it to them without checking with the Twins' doctors. I'd love to know what kind of substance it was.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Quote Originally Posted by tellis205 View Post
      Hurt's his trade value. He was on the block for pitching help.
      Was he really though?
      He didn't exactly tear up AA, so his trade value wouldn't have been very large at this point IMO.

      As much as we all love him, we must realize he isn't even a top 100 guy on the majority of lists. (edit: I am wrong, I bet he will crack the top 100 on most lists, still though I think they would be potentially selling low on him at this point)
    1. notoriousgod71's Avatar
      notoriousgod71 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Thrylos View Post
      I think that the Twins need to ingrain their minor leaguers not to take anything even if their relatives or friends give it to them without checking with the Twins' doctors. I'd love to know what kind of substance it was.
      I certainly wouldn't trust anything Twins' doctors told me. Rest and rehab followed by TJS whether I have an arm injury, a sprained ankle, or a headache.
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