St. Louis Cardinals catcher Cody Stanley has been suspended for 80 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.
Stanley, 26, spent most of this season at Triple-A Memphis, but was promoted to St. Louis when major league rosters expanded on Sept. 1. It is the seventh suspension announced this year under the big league program.
Stanley went 4 for 10 with three RBIs in nine games with the NL Central leaders. He also was suspended for 50 games in March 2012 for testing positive for Methylhexaneamine and Tamoxifen, violating baseball's minor league drug program.
Major League Baseball announced Saturday that Stanley tested positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone. The suspension is effective immediately.
Brian Walton’s take
When catcher Ed Easley was called up by the Cardinals on Friday, the move seemed odd. The regular season of the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds had ended on Monday. So what was the reason for the delay?
On Saturday, we learned why. It is a serious mistake, labeling Stanley forever as a repeat offender.
This is the Cardinals organization’s third drug suspension in the last two years. The full list of 32 positive tests since the program began in 2005 can be viewed at The Cardinal Nation blog.
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