Rangers’ Montero Suspended For Steroids

April 20, 2005

A Rangers minor leaguer became the third player to be sanctioned under Major League Baseball’s steroid testing for major leaguers and other players on the 40-man roster.

Rangers righthander Agustin Montero was suspended 10 days for failing a steroids test during spring training. That test occurred when Montero was on the Rangers’ 40-man roster. He was designated for assignment on Opening Day and sent to Double-A Frisco, but since the testing was part of the testing of players on the 40-man roster, Montero was suspended for 10 days, instead of the 15-day suspensions minor leaguers are given for a first positive test. Montero, 27, was 0-1, 5.63 for Frisco at the time of the suspension.

Montero originally signed with the Athletics out of the Dominican Republic in 1995 and was most recently in the Dodgers organization. He entered the season with a 4.38 ERA in 509 career innings in his 10-year career, with a pedestrian 308-464 walk-strikeout ratio.

Montero joined Rockies outfielder Jorge Piedra and Devil Rays outfielder Alex Sanchez as players who have been sanctioned under Major League Baseball’s new drug testing policy.