Three Pittsburgh Pirates minor leaguers were suspended yesterday for failing drug tests last year, with Class AAA P Brian Mallette drawing a 30-game penalty as a two-time offender.
Outfielder Jon Nunnally, also with Pittsburgh's Indianapolis farm team, was given a 15-game suspension as a first offender, as was IF Tom Evans, who plays for Class AA Altoona.
Mallette and Nunnally were with other organizations when the tests were conducted before signing minor league contracts with Pittsburgh. Both attended the Pirates' spring training camp as non-roster players but did not make the Opening Day roster.
Evans is the only Pirates farmhand to date to fail a drug test, though results of tests conducted this year among Florida-based spring training teams have not been released. Thirty-eight other minor leaguers were suspended Monday for violating baseball's minor league steroids policy.
PLEA: Cincinnati's Ryan Freel pleaded innocent to drunken driving yesterday.
Bellevue police arrested Freel on Monday night in northern Kentucky, across the Ohio River from Cincinnati. He was charged with drunken driving, careless driving and having an open container in a motor vehicle.
"It's sad and I'm devastated because whether we like it or not, we are role models," said Freel, a utility player. "I'm honored to be a role model, and I don't want this hanging over my head."
He was arraigned yesterday morning and allowed to remain free on the $500 bond that was posted early Tuesday. The judge scheduled a May 10 pretrial hearing.
SHELVED: Colorado Rockies OF Dustan Mohr was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left calf, an injury that occurred during the team's victory celebration in its season opener.
As the players charged to the field to celebrate Clint Barmes's winning two-run homer that led Colorado to a 10-8 comeback victory on Monday, Mohr was injured while jumping out of the Rockies' dugout.
"Dustan got hurt when he was celebrating Barmes's home run," Rockies Manager Clint Hurdle said. "He jumped out of the dugout and felt something in his calf. It wasn't going to heal in time for the game, so we put him on the DL."
OF Jorge Piedra was recalled from Class AAA Colorado Springs to replace Mohr on the roster.
The Rockies also claimed OF Michael Restovich on waivers from Tampa Bay.
-- From News Services