Manny Ramirez is now the second high-profile player in four months to rock the MLB world with a drug scandal. The other, of course, was Alex Rodriguez, the only player in the league who makes more money than Manny.
Manny Ramirez has tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and will be suspended 50 games starting today, The Times has learned.
Ramirez is expected to attribute the test results to medication received from a doctor for a personal medical issue, according to a source familiar with matter but not authorized to speak publicly.
The Dodgers informed triple-A outfielder Xavier Paul this morning that he was being promoted to Los Angeles.
With the suspension taking effect with tonight's game against the Washington Nationals at Dodger Stadium, Ramirez will not be eligible to return to the team until July 3.
This is huge on so many levels. I'm definitely surprised by it. After five years of drug testing, players are still getting busted. Don't they learn? Most of them have been minor leaguers, but Manny is one of the biggest big-leaguers. He's one of the greatest hitters in baseball history and has made a Hall of Fame career. Could it all be tarnished by one positive drug test?
I'll let today's events unfold before passing judgement.