On a day when Elizer Alfonzo was suspended 100 games for a second violation of Major League Baseball's drug program, three minor leaguers also were suspended by the commissioner's office for drug offenses, including ex-big leaguer Rhyne Hughes.
A first baseman who got 47 at-bats last year for the Orioles, Hughes received a 50-game suspension after testing positive for an amphetamine. He played at Triple-A Norfolk this season, batting .249/.321/.465 with 15 home runs. His suspension will begin next season.
That's also true for righthander Cole Green, who was the Reds' ninth-round pick this year after a four-year career at Texas. The former Longhorn went 4-1, 4.11 this year at two Rookie-level stops, all but one outing coming at Billings in the Pioneer League. He tested positive for Methylhexaneamine, a dietary supplement that is a stimulant.
Also suspended was Rockies righthander Randol Rogers, who got a 50-game suspension for a metabolite of Boldenone, a steroid. He was in the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League. He gave up nine runs in 5 2/3 innings.
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