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Orioles’ Troy Patton suspended for amphetamine use

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The Baltimore Orioles will begin the 2014 season without left-handed reliever Troy Patton on the 25-man roster. Major League Baseball has announced Friday that Patton has tested positive for a banned amphetamine that will cost him the first 25 games of the season without pay, according to Rich Dubroff of CSNBaltimore. This suspension is handed out for the second positive test in most cases. Patton is in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The most recent instance of a second failed test was Carlos Ruiz of the Philadelphia Phillies in 2013. Ruiz went on to have a rough year after having a career year in 2012. Even though Ruiz had what most would say was a horrific offensive year going into the free agent market, he received a healthy paycheck from the club he’s known his entire career. After batting .325/.394/.540/.935 with a career high 16 home runs, 32 doubles, and 68 RBI’s and made his first All-Star appearance in 2012, Chooch batted just .268/.320/.368/.688 with 5 home runs, 16 doubles, and 37 RBI’s in 2013. The Phillies paid him because of his familiarity with the staff and his reliable defense.

Patton has been a reliable reliever for Buck Showalter during his time in Baltimore. He has a career 3.08 ERA over his five-year stint between the Houston Astros and Baltimore Orioles. He has also only given up 18 home runs in 155 innings pitched and has a career 7.1 SO/9. In 2013, Patton had an ERA of 3.70, the highest of his career, and a WHIP of 1.304. He hit 3 batters, the most in any season of his MLB career, while allowing 16 walks and 8 home runs, also the highest totals in his short career. He pitched 56 innings in 56 games for the Orioles in 2013.

The Joint Drug Program has been clearly outlined and made fairly accessible. It is here below.

A Player who tests positive for a Stimulant, or otherwise violates the Program
through the use or possession of a Stimulant, will be subject to the discipline set forth
below.

  • First violation: Follow-up testing (six unannounced tests over the twelve months

following the violation that resulted in the follow-up testing.)

  • Second violation: 25-game suspension
  • Third violation: 80-game suspension
  • Fourth and subsequent violation: Suspension for just cause by the Commissioner,

permanent suspension from Major League and Minor League Baseball, which penalty
shall be subject to challenge before the Arbitration Panel.

 

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