Tuesday brings us some minor league news. Some good, and some bad in the Blue Jays’ minor league world.
Promising young pitcher, Clinton Hollon, has been suspended again. This time, it’s another 50-game suspension for a drug of abuse (his first suspension came last August for amphetamines). This is one place where things are different for minor leaguers than for major leaguers. The “drug of abuse” is very possibly marijuana, which minor leaguers, but not major leaguers, are tested for. From what I’ve been able to gather, Hollon has finished serving his first 50-game suspension and the second one begins today.
Hollon was the Jays’ second-round draft pick in 2013 and has shown flashes of excellence in his minor league career that has now been marred with two drug suspensions and a year missed because of Tommy John surgery.
Shi Davidi has come out with another minor league notebook, noting that Max Pentecost, and Darrell Ceciliani are close to returning to minor league action after injuries and he talks about how Adonys Cardona is having a great start to the season (which I could have told you, having seen him in spring training).
There were a few promotions this week that are noteworthy. In addition to the first time up to the major leagues for Andy Burns, Derrick Loveless was promoted from Dunedin to New Hampshire, Colton Turner was promoted to Dunedin from Lansing and, just announced today, Francisco Rios, who has been dominating in Lansing, moves up to Dunedin.
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