Sunday, April 3, 2005
28 year old Alex Sanchez, outfielder for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, is suspended without pay for 10 days for using a performance enhancing drug. Sanchez is the first player to be suspended under Major League Baseball's new, stricter drug policy.
The Baseball officials and the players' union have both decided to not disclose the specific substance which tested positive.
Sanchez originally planed an appeal against the ban, but decided against it. He denies taking any performance enhancing drugs and blames the positive test on over-the-counter vitamins, muscle relaxants and protein shakes that he takes, but has not identified any specific medications as of yet.
== Sources ==
"Sanchez given first MLB drugs ban" — BBC, April 3, 2005
"AROUND THE HORN: Sanchez suspended 10 days for drugs" — Detroit Free Press, April 4, 2005
"Outfielder says he will fight his suspension" — ESPN, April 4, 2005