By Chris Kline
July 15, 2005
The Commissioner’s Office announced that three more minor leaguers have been suspended for violating the Minor League Drug and Prevention Treatment Program.
All three players have been suspended for 15 games, effective today.
The highest profile player this time around is Blue Jays righthander Matt Whiteside. The 25th-round pick of the Rangers in 1990 has played for six organizations during his 15-year career, including a brief stint with the Yokohama Bay Stars in Japan in 2003. This season, the 37-year-old righthander went 0-3, 2.86 with 18 saves at Triple-A Syracuse.
The other two players suspended were Reds righthander Carlos Bohorquez and Athletics righthander Alex Santos.
Bohorquez was signed out of Venezuela in 1999 and was in his second straight season at low Class A Dayton. The 23-year-old was 1-3, 3.24 in 50 innings for the Dragons this season.
Santos, a free-agent sign out of the independent league last season, was 2-1, 2.20 in 29 innings and ranked third in the Texas League in saves with 13 for Double-A Midland. Santos pitched in both the Northern (Sioux Falls) and Northeast (Quebec) leagues in independent ball last year. The 27-year-old was a fourth-round pick of the Devil Rays in 1999 out of Miami before being released by Tampa Bay in 2004. Santos’ biggest accomplishment in his career for the Hurricanes was starting and winning the national championship game against Florida State in 1999.