The Detroit Tigers have reported that minor league right-hander Cesar Carrillo has been suspended 100 games for violating baseball’s minor league drug prevention and treatment program. Carrillo, who is currently on the roster of Detroit’s Double-A affiliate, the Erie SeaWolves, will be suspended effective at the start of the season.
The report was made official on the team’s website on Friday, saying that the commissioner’s office had announced the suspension.
The interesting twist in this otherwise innocuous story is that Carrillo was named in the same Miami New Times report from earlier this year that had implicated a number of well known major league players with the use of performance enhancing drugs, including New York Yankees Star, Alex Rodriguez.
The controversial report states that the notes of clinic chief Anthony Bosch lists both player names and the substances they received, such as human growth hormone (HGH) and anabolic steroids. There were also anonymous employees and clients who confirmed the findings in the report.
It would seem that Carrillo was caught in a net that was cast out to catch must bigger fish than himself, and now must miss nearly an entire season of his young career. This suspension is really the first major suspension since the Miami New Times report was released in January, and it could mean that more suspensions are on the horizon, particularly for players in Carrillo’s position who don’t have a spot on a MLB 40-man roster.
Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal explained why there is more willingness by MLB to hand down such a huge suspension to a minor league player as opposed to an implicated major leaguer:
Baseball enjoys greater jurisdiction over minor leaguers like Carrillo than major leaguers who are protected by the players’ union. When MLB announces the suspension of a major leaguer, it details the nature of his offense.
In this case, no details were provided as to exactly what Carrillo did to violate the league’s policy, just that he had done so. As more suspensions come down the line, and it moves closer to more recognizable names, we’ll get a clearer picture of who did what and how. For now, anyone who is named in the Biogenesis documents of the report will be sleeping light.