Rockies minor league lefthander Joe Torres received a 50-game suspension for testing positive for an amphetamine, a performance-enhancing substance under baseball's drug program. Major League Baseball made the announcement today.
The 29-year-old Torres spent all but one performance last year with Double-A Tulsa, logging 55 1/3 innings over 51 appearances. He struck out 62 and walked 23 while allowing 45 hits. Torres attained free agency after the season and quickly re-upped with Colorado.
The 10th overall pick by the Angels in 2000, Torres has spent the bulk of his pro career in Double-A. He moved to the bullpen full-time in ’06 and also has pitched for the White Sox (twice), Rangers, Dodgers and Rockies organizations.
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