By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — Outfielder/first baseman Danny Santana, pitcher Richard Rodríguez and infielder José Rondón have been suspended for 80 games each Monday in the first discipline since the leagues drug testing program resumed majors on March 11 after a 99-day suspension during the lockdown.
The three, all free agents, tested positive for the performance-enhancing substance Boldenone, the commissioner’s office announced on Monday.
The tests resulted from urine samples taken before the lockdown began on Dec. 2, but MLB concluded it could not announce discipline during practice, a person familiar with the testing program said. speaking on condition of anonymity as this detail has not been announced.
Santana, 31, is an eight-year major league veteran who hit .181 with five home runs and 14 RBIs in 38 games for the Boston Red Sox last season. He has a career average of .255 with 47 home runs and 202 RBI for Minnesota (2014-17), Atlanta (2017-18), Texas (2019-20) and Boston.
Rodriguez, a 32-year-old right-hander, was acquired by Atlanta from Pittsburgh on July 30 and went 1-2 with a 3.12 ERA in 27 relief appearances for the Braves, but did not make a roster. postseason for the World Series champions. . He was 5-4 with a 2.94 ERA in 64 relief outings last year and has a career record of 16-14 with a 3.28 ERA and 19 saves for Baltimore (2017), Pittsburgh (2018-21) and Atlanta.
Rondón, 28, hit .263 with three home runs and nine RBIs in 63 games for St. Louis last season. He is averaging .216 with 12 home runs and 33 RBIs in four seasons with San Diego (2016), Chicago White Sox (2018-19), Baltimore (2019) and St. Louis.
They were the first suspensions under the major league drug program since Oakland outfielder Ramón Laureano was disciplined on Aug. 6, an 80-game penalty that has 27 games left to serve this season. There have been 20 suspensions this year under the minor league drug program.
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