The Los Angeles Angels will be without the services of 26-year-old catcher Carlos Ramirez for a while. Today Major League Baseball announced that Ramirez will be suspended for 100 games due to his third violation of the league’s drug policy.
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Minor League catcher Carlos Ramirez has received a 100-game suspension without pay after a third positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
I’m not sure what’s clunkier about that statement: the use of “Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim” or the fact that they refer to it as a “drug of abuse.”
Anyhow, the Angels are relatively set behind the plate with veteran Chris Iannetta and the 25-year-old Hank Conger. That probably explains why Ramirez spent the entire 2013 season in Double-A, where he played 48 games and batted a less-than-exciting .206/.301/.400.
That really makes this more a story about MLB’s drug testing policy and the enforcement of its various steps actually happening. It seems to safe to say that the Angels probably aren’t too upset about this beyond the embarrassment of having their team name in the headlines for the story.