Athletics Farmhand Suspended

The commissioner’s office announced the suspension of Athletics lefthander Leonard Landeros for 50 games, effective today, for testing positive for a “drug of abuse” in violation of minor league baseball’s drug prevention and treatment program.

“Drugs of abuse” under baseball’s definitions do not include performance-enhancing substances such as steroids, but rather illegal drugs such as marijuana and cocaine, as well as amphetamines.

Landeros, 26, was a 29th-round pick of the Athletics in 2001 out of the Junior College of the Sequoias in California, and he has pitched just 32 innings above Class A in his previous five and a half seasons in the organization. He had been assigned to high Class A Stockton to start the season, but he did not appear in the Ports’ first game.