Cruceta Garners 50-Game Suspension

Rangers righthander Francisco Cruceta has been suspended for 50 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Cruceta has twice led his minor league in strikeouts, finishing second in the minors last season with 185 for Tacoma, the Mariners’ Triple-A affiliate. While a member of the Indians organization, he struck out an Eastern League-leading 134 batters in 2003 for Double-A Akron. He’s gone 61-49, 3.84 in 909 minor league innings.

The Dodgers originally signed Cruceta in 1999 then traded him to the Indians in a deal for righthander Paul Shuey in 2002. The Mariners then claimed him on waivers in 2005, and he signed with the Rangers as a minor league free agent following the 2006 season.