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Monday, May 14, 2012
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Major League Baseball dropped its 100-game suspension of Colorado Rockies catcher Eliezer Alfonzo for a positive drug test because of the same procedural issues that came up in the Ryan Braun case.
Alfonzo is eligible to play immediately, according to a person familiar with the decision who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday night because no announcement had been made.
Mostly a backup during six major league seasons, Alfonzo became the first player suspended twice for performance-enhancing drugs under the MLB testing program when the commissioner’s office announced a 100-game penalty last September.
Alfonzo appealed and was notified within the past week that MLB had lifted the ban. The reason: a dispute over the storage and shipment of his urine sample similar to the one that led to Braun’s 50-game drug penalty getting overturned by an arbitrator in February, the person said.
The person was not familiar with specific details regarding the chain of custody of Alfonzo’s specimen.
Posted: May 14, 2012 at 05:03 AM | 12 comment(s)
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