Baltimore Orioles’ reliever Troy Patton has been suspended for the first 25 games of the 2014 regular season after testing positive for an amphetamine. This is a banned substance under MLB’s substance abuse program, however that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a performance enhancing drug. Patton is currently on the team’s 25-man roster, so we know that the Orioles will then have to make at least one roster move in the first month of the season (when Patton’s suspension is over). This news comes of course as the Orioles try to figure out what they’re going to do with their closer situation given the fact that the Grant Balfour deal appears to have hit a medical snag. More as we hear it.
By Domenic A. Vadala -
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Domenic A. Vadala
I’ve been in and around sports since I was a child as a player, coach, and a fan. I consistently led the league in technical fouls when I was a basketball coach, and one famous incident I was tossed out of a game for protecting a player from poor officiating. The Orioles beat the Oakland A’s 4-2 the first time my father took me to Memorial Stadium as a kid, and I was hooked for life. While the “old lady” was far from a thing of beauty, to that point I had never seen grass so green, tasted hot dogs so good, or smelled beer so cold! Since that day many years ago, each time I'm at a ballgame I pay a bit of homage to that eight year old boy sitting in Memorial Stadium with his father. See you at the yard!