Tim Beckham Suspended For Drug Violation

Rays shortstop prospect and former number-one-overall pick Tim Beckham has been suspended for 50 games for a violation of MiLB drug policy.

In a statement issued by the Rays, Beckham issued an apology that read:

"I regret that my poor judgment resulted in me letting my teammates and the Tampa Bay Rays organization down. I take full responsibility for my actions and I will use this experience to refocus my commitment to baseball. I recognize that I am blessed to be able to play baseball for a living. I owe it to my teammates, my family, and to myself to respect the game and the responsibilities that go with playing it as a professional. I am sorry."

Beckham who was eligible to be activated from the 7 day disabled list today, was hitting .204 with 4 RBI in 13 games and 54 at bats for Triple-A Durham.

Andrew Friedman, Rays Executive Vice President, Baseball Operations in the same team release said, "We are very disappointed by Tim's actions. Tim possesses great potential, and he must rededicate himself in order to become the person and player we know he can be."

Major League Baseball's statement indicated that the suspension was for a drug of abuse.

"The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Tampa Bay Rays Minor League shortstop Tim Beckham has received a 50-game suspension after a second violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program for a drug of abuse."

"The suspension of Beckham, who is currently on the roster of the Triple-A Durham Bulls of the International League, will be effective immediately."

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