Two well-traveled minor league players, most recently in the employ of the Dodgers, have received 50-game suspensions after testing positive for an amphetamine. Los Angeles apparently released righthander Ryan Acosta and third baseman C.J. Retherford—because a Major League Baseball press release refers to both players as free agents—upon learning of their violations of the minor league drug program.
Acosta, a 12th-round pick of the Cubs in 2007 who also has played in the Royals and Yankees systems, made 14 combined relief appearances for the Dodgers’ high Class A and Double-A affiliates this season.
Retherford, who signed with the White Sox in 2007 as a nondrafted free agent out of Arizona State, led the minors with 46 doubles in ’09 but fell short of reaching the majors after hitting .201 at Triple-A in ’10. He hit .219/.273/.404 in 47 games for Double-A Chattanooga in the Dodgers system this season. Retherford also has played in Braves and Tigers organizations.
The commissioner’s office announced the violations of the drug program and attendant penalties late Friday afternoon.