If you headed out to see the ValleyCats play ball Friday, you saw a team without two important players. A pair of players on the team were slapped with suspensions for using the performance enhancing drug amphetamine. Geoff Redick has more.
TROY, N.Y. -- The ValleyCats were missing two players at their game Friday night. Two 'Cats are accused of using drugs and were suspended for violating Minor League Baseball's drug prevention program.
Michael Martinez and DeAndre Toney were each given 50 game suspensions for using amphetamines, effectively ending their seasons.
Stimulants such as amphetamine are commonly believed to give users increased strength, endurance and resistance to pain.
This is the first time a ValleyCats player has been suspended for drugs.
Fans at Friday's game say this is a bad time to lose players.
"I don't think it's good right now where we were pushing for the playoffs. I hope it doesn't hurt us, I hope some other guys come through and make up for it. I would have to say it looks pretty gloomy the way things have been going right now," one fan said.
The ValleyCats are not releasing a statement, they're leaving that to the Astros organization. Tri City is the single A affiliate of the Houston Astros.
ASTROS STATEMENT REGARDING MINOR LEAGUE SUSPENSIONS
HOUSTON, TX - Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow released the following statement regarding Major League Baseball’s suspension today of minor league players Jose Fernandez, Michael Martinez and D’andre Toney. The three were suspended for their violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
“We were disappointed to hear the news of these suspensions. The Astros fully support the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Our minor league players undergo extensive drug prevention training, so it is very unfortunate when something like this occurs.
“Moving forward, we will continue to review our entire drug education and prevention program to identify opportunities to enhance it in order to prevent future violations.”
The three players tested positive for an Amphetamine. Fernandez is on the roster of the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Astros while Martinez and Toney are on the Single-A Tri-City ValleyCats roster.