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Posted at 9:14 AM ET, 02/ 9/2011

Hector Taveras suspended, Alex Cintron signed

By Adam Kilgore

Apologies for being a few hours late to the party, but there are two small items of news to catch up from yesterday evening:

>>Major League Baseball suspended Nationals minor league catcher Hector Taveras 25 games for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, the Commissioner's Office announced. Taveras received 25 games, rather than the standard 50, because he did not actually test positive for any drug. The Associated Press reported an unauthorized syringe was found in his possession.

Taveras, a 22-year-old from the Dominican Republic, played nearly all of last season in the Gulf Coast League, hitting .291 with a .701 OPS. In one game with Class A Hagerstown, he went 2 for 3 with a triple.

He became the second Nationals minor leaguer to be suspended in short time. Last week, the league announced the 50-game suspension of Adrian Nieto for failing a drug test. He has since blamed the result on a mistaken over-the-counter purchase.

The Nationals, according to the database at The Biz of Baseball, have had eight minor leaguers suspended since the start of 2010, the most in the majors over that span. The Yankees are second with seven.

>>The Nationals signed Alex Cintron to a minor-league contract, his agent, Burton Rocks, said. Cintron appeared in 21 games for the Nationals during the 2009 season, his last major league experience. Cintron, 32, spent all of last year with the Mets' Class AAA affiliate in Buffalo. The Nats added Cintron purely for minor league depth, and he will not participate in major league camp.

By Adam Kilgore  | February 9, 2011; 9:14 AM ET
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Burton Rocks = Great pornstar name

Posted by: Kavorka | February 9, 2011 9:52 AM | Report abuse

This is an area where the Nats must not lead the league. Management needs to clean up this mess immediately. Soft on PED drugs is not the image the franchise should tolerate.

Posted by: JamesFan2 | February 9, 2011 10:14 AM | Report abuse

And we're spending, what, 25% of the Yankee's payroll? See, paying a lot of money in salaries is not crucial to being competitive.

Posted by: markfromark | February 9, 2011 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Cintron won't participate in the major league camp? The Nats likely have something like 2 dozen guys as non-roster invitees that will be in the big camp, how Alex Cintron does not go to there at the start seems wrong to me.

Posted by: dfh21 | February 9, 2011 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Curious about what an "authorized syringe" would look like.
Guessing it would have an MLB logo and a price 3x higher than a generic non-authorized syringe.

Posted by: Sunderland | February 9, 2011 10:52 AM | Report abuse

The Nationals have the most in the past 13 months, but if you go back another year the Mets zip past us and extend their lead if you go back to 2008. Which organization is #1 is going to entirely depend on when you decide to start counting. So to say "Nationals are #1" is somewhat misleading.

OTOH, there does seem to be a bit of a nexus between Hagerstown and the suspensions. The Nationals should certainly make sure that there isn't some BALCO-influenced trainer getting into the clubhouse there.

Posted by: JCCfromDC | February 9, 2011 11:13 AM | Report abuse

We're better than the Yankees!

In your face, New York!!

Posted by: JohninMpls | February 9, 2011 2:07 PM | Report abuse

In other news, Post of the Day (it's baaaack)


Curious about what an "authorized syringe" would look like.

Guessing it would have an MLB logo and a price 3x higher than a generic non-authorized syringe.

Posted by: JohninMpls | February 9, 2011 2:08 PM | Report abuse

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