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Minnesota Twins Prospect Suspended For Positive Drug Test

By McCarton Ackerman 01/07/14

Eddie Rosario tested positive for an undisclosed "drug of abuse" and not for performance enhancing drugs.

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Minnesota Twins prospect Eddie Rosario will spend the first 50 games of the 2014 baseball season on the bench after his second positive drug test. The Major League Baseball commissioner's office confirmed that the positive result came up for a “drug of abuse,” which could include marijuana or cocaine, and not a performance-enhancing substance, which would have resulted in a 100-game suspension for a first offense. Rosario is currently a minor-league second baseman in the Twins franchise.

In a statement released by his agent, Rosario said that he “made a mistake and I have no one but myself to blame.” General manager Terry Ryan expressed disappointment that Rosario hadn’t made any changes after his first positive test. “That’s the price you pay for not being responsible enough to understand right from wrong. Now he has to pay the consequences and be accountable,” he said. “Losing 50 games, that’s a huge setback. That’s a lot of development time, a lot of learning that he’ll miss. It sets back his progression [toward] going up to the big leagues. But young people make mistakes, and hopefully he learns from it.”

Rosario will still be involved in team practices and exhibition games during spring training, but will likely stay behind in Florida once the season starts. Last January, MLB announced a huge overhaul to their drug-testing program that included random in-season blood-tests for human growth hormone, making it arguably the toughest testing program in North American professional sports.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.

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