Betancourt suspended for drug violation

Major League Baseball announced Friday that Indians reliever Rafael Betancourt, currently on the DL with shoulder inflammation, has been suspended for 10 days for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. A 10-day suspension means Betancourt tested positive for steroids, which, by my count, makes Betancourt the third big leaguer to be suspended for steroids this year, after outfielder Alex Sanchez and reliever Juan Rincon. The suspension, as stated in the MLB press release, is effective immediately, which makes no sense considering Betancourt is not even eligible to come off the DL for another week. With the way rookie Fernando Cabrera has pitched since being called up, the Indians are in no rush to get Betancourt back.

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