Report: MLB Lifts 100-Game Suspension Of Rockies Catcher Eliezer Alfonzo
Colorado Rockies catcher Eliezer Alfonzo will have his 100-game suspension for a positive drug test rescinded, according to the Associated Press. He will be eligible to play immediately.
Alfonzo last September became the first player to be suspended twice for performance-enhancing drugs, when the commissioner's office announced a 100-game penalty for a positive test; Alfonzo appealed, however, and his suspension was revoked due to the same procedural issues that came up in the Ryan Braun case. While the specific details are unknown, there was an error in the handling of Alfonzo's sample. Alfonzo, 33, had begun the season back at home in Venezuela. He can now return to the States, where he's been mostly a backup catcher during six major league seasons. He is currently assigned to Triple-A Colorado Springs in the Pacific Coast League, but he'll make the $480,000 minimum salary if promoted to the major leagues.