7:40p Well, this is exactly what you hate to see happen to young prospects with tons of potential.
Pitcher Mark Rogers, who was a member of Class A Brevard County (Brewers Class A affiliate), has been suspended for 25 games because he tested positive for a some sort of stimulant. Apparently the media doesn’t know what that stimulant was, but it was in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, regardless.
This turned an already depressing season for Rogers even more sour. He was already on the DL with carpal tunnel syndrome, and is scheduled to undergo carpal tunnel release surgery at some point. That injury pretty much already ended his season, so this suspension doesn’t really matter, except for the fact that it will leak into to next season (Brevard County’s season has only 17 games left).
Rogers has had an injury plagued season, to say the least. He was in the running to fill in for the injured Zack Greinke at the beginning of the season, but a shoulder setback pulled him out of that.
But I don’t even know why I’m minimizing Rogers’ bad luck into this season. The poor guy’s had an extremely injury-filled career. Rogers was the fifth overall pick in 2004, and didn’t even make it to the Majors for the first time until rosters expanded in September of 2010. He appeared in four games (two starts) during 2010, and showed some promise during that time, posting a 1.80 ERA.
Anyway, Rogers’ future with the Brewers may be in jeopardy going into next season, and I’m not saying because of this suspension. The Brewers have already burned three of his Minor League options, and, unless Rogers is one of the few players to have the rare fourth option, he’ll have to be with the Major League club next year.