Rockies Prospect Joseph Torres Suspended 50 Games For PED Use

Wednesday February 22nd, 2012

Colorado Rockies prospect Joseph Torres has been suspended 50 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, according to

The 29-year-old left-handed pitcher is currently on the Triple-A Colorado Springs roster after appearing in 51 games for Double-A Tulsa last year. He will serve his suspension immediately at the start of this season.

"The Colorado Rockies have long been committed to eliminating the use of performance-enhancing substances from the game of baseball," the Rockies said in a statement. "We have fully supported the adoption and implementation of the Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Player's Association Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. "We have routinely educated all of our players about the dangers of performance-enhancing substances and strongly encourage all players to avoid their use. We strongly believe that baseball and all other sports must continue to directly address the issue of performance-enhancing substances. There is no place in baseball for such substances, and we have and will continue to do what we can to eliminate them from our game."

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