Two Braves Minor Leaguers Suspended for Steroids

BravesCenter.com has learned that two Braves minor leaguers have been suspended for steroid use. BravesCenter's Bill Shanks has the exclusive details for our premium subscribers.

James Jurries, the first baseman for the Richmond Braves, and Rico Rodriquez, a left-handed reliever for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, have been suspended by the Commissioner's office for fifteen days for steroid use.

Jurries was hitting .316 in his first 11 games for the Braves' AAA affiliate, along with 5 home runs (tied for third in the league) and 13 RBI (tied for fourth in the league). Last season he played at Richmond and AA Greenville and hit .274 with 25 home runs and 70 RBI in 390 at bats.

Rodriquez was off to a fast start for Myrtle Beach, going 1-0 in his first 4 games with an ERA of 1.59. He had allowed 8 hits in 11.1 innings pitched, with 2 runs allowed, 1 walk, and 19 strikeouts. Last season in Rome he went 5-3 in 31 relief appearances, along with 61 strikeouts in 49.2 innings pitched.

These are the first two Braves' minor leaguers to be suspended for steroid use.


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