Andrew Lambo Suspended for 'Drug Abuse'

Andrew Lambo, the Dodgers' fourth-round selection in the 2007 amateur draft and LADugout's #2 prospect, was suspended for 50 games because of a second positive test for a banned drug under baseball's Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Major League Baseball announcing that Lambo tested positive for a "drug of abuse" as opposed to a performance-enhancing substance.

The Dodger organization's response to the 50-game suspension of minor league outfielder Andrew Lambo for testing positive for a drug of abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

"The Dodgers are disappointed to learn of this news and we fully support Major League Baseball's drug policy and its penalties. The organization does not condone the use of any substance not sanctioned by MLB's medical staff."  

General manager Ned Colletti said "Obviously we're disappointed to learn of the test results and we hope he will use this time to evaluate the decisions he has made and learn from this experience," Colletti said in a text message. "And we will certainly use this time to help him work out his challenges."

Manager Joe Torre added: "He had a little ways to go, but this certainly is going to take a bite out of the development stage of his career."

At age 18, Lambo hit .343 with the Gulf Coast Dodgers and one year later, playing for Great Lakes and Jacksonville, he became the #1 prospect after hitting 35 doubles and 18 home runs while knocking in 19 runs. He slipped a bit in 2009, finishing .256 at Chattanooga ith 39 doubles, 11 homers and 61 RBI.

This season with Double-A Chattanooga, he was hitting .342 with seven doubles, two triples, two home runs, 13 RBIs and a .390 on-base percentage.