MLB suspends Baltimore Orioles pitcher Troy Patton for amphetamine use

Sep 8, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles pitcher Troy Patton (40) throws in the ninth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The White Sox defeated the Orioles 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Orioles will be without pitcher Troy Patton for 25-games this season after Major League Baseball suspended the reliever for testing positive for amphetamines.

 MLB announced that Orioles left-hander Troy Patton has been suspended 25 games following a positive test for amphetamine use.

There’s been a solid amount of controversy surrounding amphetamine suspensions as some thought to be legal medications contain ingredients that flag test results, but it appears (at least right now) the suspension will hold on.

Patton, a left hander out of the Orioles’ bullpen will begin his suspension with Major League Baseball’s 2014 regular season begins.

The 28-year-old will be given a chance to appeal the decision, but given the small amount of games suspended it may not be worth fighting over.

A three-year veteran (Patton’s actually played five seasons, but only in four combined games his first two  years), the specialist holds a 3.08 career ERA though may be in danger of eventually losing his roster spot given his troubles. In 2011, Patton was arrested for a DUI.

Topics: Baltimore Orioles, Troy Patton

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