The St. Louis Cardinals have now had 19 drug-related suspensions of minor leaguers since 2005.
Until Monday, 2010 had been the best year since 2007 for the St. Louis Cardinals in terms of player suspensions under the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The organization, one of the most frequently cited since the program went into full gear in 2005 with 17 suspensions in five years, had none of the first 77 minor leaguers caught this year.
That changed with Monday’s announcement of 50-game suspensions for Cardinals pitchers Jean Carlos De La Cruz and Delvi Rodriguez, both from the Dominican Summer League. They tested positive for a metabolite of Boldenone, a performance-enhancing substance. The two will begin to serve their suspensions at the start of the 2011 season.
De La Cruz, an 18-year-old from Santiago, Dominican Republic, was signed as a non-drafted free agent last October 28. In his rookie pro season, the converted third baseman appeared in just seven games, one since July 31. De La Cruz had a 4.70 ERA in 7 2/3 innings. His strikeout to walk ratio was a poor 11:19.
Rodriguez hails from the same hometown as De La Cruz. The left-hander turns 20 years of age in two weeks, on September 14. He originally signed as a non-drafted free agent on November 25, 2008. In 2009, Rodriguez posted a 1-0 record with a 4.50 ERA in nine games in relief for the DSL Cardinals. In the just-completed 2010 season, he went 3-1 with a 3.74 in 13 games, including four starts. Rodriguez fanned 41 but issued 24 free passes in 33 2/3 innings.
On the way to six suspensions last year, at this point in 2009, three Cardinals suspensions had been announced. The Cardinals also had six suspensions in 2008, the last time Boldenone was detected in any of their farmhands, with three that year.
Cardinals minor league drug suspensions, 2005-current
|4/4/2005||Sal Frisella||PEDs||15 games|
|5/13/2005||Jeremy Cummings||PEDs||15 games|
|4/18/2006||Yonathan Sivira||PEDs||50 games|
|8/2/2006||Marcos Chavez||PEDs||50 games|
|8/2/2006||Jonathan Gonzalez||PEDs||50 games|
|2/20/2008||Scott Vander Weg||PEDs||50 games|
|7/29/2008||Braulin Beltre||Boldenone||50 games|
|7/29/2008||Andres Beras||Boldenone||50 games|
|7/29/2008||Yedilson Pena||Boldenone||50 games|
|8/25/2008||Juan Castillo||Stanozolol||50 games|
|12/1/2008||Wilfred Vivas||Methandienone||50 games|
|4/9/2009||Deryk Hooker||Drug of Abuse||50 games|
|5/15/2009||Kenny Maiques||Drug of Abuse||50 games|
|6/23/2009||Dail Villanueva||Nandrolone||50 games|
|10/6/2009||Alan Ahmady||Amphetamines||50 games|
|12/4/2009||Jefferson Segundo||Stanozolol||50 games|
|12/21/2009||Tyler Bighames||Drug of Abuse||50 games|
|8/31/2010||Jean Carlos De La Cruz||Boldenone||50 games|
|8/31/2010||Delvi Rodriguez||Boldenone||50 games|