Giants catcher Eliezar Alfonzo was handed a 50-game suspension Wednesday for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. Though he’s playing for Triple-A Fresno now, the 29-year-old Alfonzo is a member of San Francisco’s 40-man roster.
An 12-year pro, Alfonzo spent most of 2006 in the big leagues after Mike Matheny incurred a career-ending concussion. He batted .266/.302/.465 in 286 at-bats that year, and .250/.284/.359 in 2007 before being pushed aside by Bengi Molina and Guillermo Rodriguez.
The Cardinals signed Alfonzo out of Venezuela in 1996 and he’s made stops in the Brewers, Cubs and Marlins organizations since then, as well as the independent Northern League, before latching on with the Giants in 2004. He’s batted .287/.321/.455 in 2,620 minor league at-bats.
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