Santana, Rodríguez, Rondón suspended for positive drug tests

NEW YORK – Outfielder/first baseman Danny Santana, pitcher Richard Rodríguez and infielder José Rondón have been suspended for 80 games in the first discipline every Monday since the major league drug-testing program resumed March 11 after a 99-day suspension during the lockout.

The three, all free agents, tested positive for the performance-enhancing substance boldenone, the commissioner’s office said on Monday.

The tests stemmed from urine samples taken before the lockout began on Dec. 2, but MLB concluded it could not announce disciplinary action during the lockout, said a person familiar with the testing program, who came on condition of anonymity spoke as this detail was not disclosed.

Santana, 31, is an eight-year major league veteran who hit .181s in 38 games for the Boston Red Sox with five homers and 14 RBIs last season. He has a career .255 average with 47 homers and 202 RBIs for Minnesota (2014-17), Atlanta (2017-18), Texas (2019-20), and Boston.


Rodriguez, a 32-year-old right-hander, was acquired from Pittsburgh by Atlanta on July 30 and went 1-2 with a 3.12 ERA in 27 appearances for the Braves but didn’t surface in a postseason roster for the World Series champions on . He was 5-4 with a 2.94 ERA in 64 relief games last year and has a career record of 16-14 with a 3.28 ERA and 19 saves for Baltimore (2017), Pittsburgh (2018-21) and Atlanta.

Rondón, 28, hit .263 with three home runs and nine RBIs in 63 games for St. Louis last season. He has a .216 average with 12 homers and 33 RBIs in four seasons with San Diego (2016), the Chicago White Sox (2018-19), Baltimore (2019), and St. Louis.

These were the first suspensions under the major league drug program since Oakland outfielder Ramón Laureano was disciplined on Aug. 6, an 80-game sentence that has 27 games left to serve this season. There were 20 suspensions from the minor league drug program that year.



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