Ruiz suspended for failed drug test

Indians minor league outfielder Brian Ruiz received a 80 game suspension on Friday for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, as announced by Major League Baseball. Ruiz’s suspension will take place without pay at the start of the 2015 Minor League season.

Ruiz tested positive for metabolites of Methandienone and Oxandrolone, which are two substances that are prohibited under the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Ruiz spent the 2014 season with the Lake County Captains, where he had a .260 batting average in 85 games. Ruiz hit three homeruns and drove in 28 runs while splitting time across the outfield. Ruiz also made his professional pitching debut last Summer when he appeared in a relief role during an extra-inning game. He allowed one earned run on two walks and two hits in one inning.

Ruiz was drafted in the 41st round of the 2011 MLB Draft out of Lincoln West High School in Cleveland, Ohio.

Ruiz is the second Tribe minor leaguer to be suspended in 2015. RHP Duke von Schamann was suspended 50 games for a failed drug test of a drug of abuse earlier this year.

Also, former Indians prospect and right-handed pitcher Joe Gardner, was suspended 50 games for a second positive test of a drug of abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Gardner was drafted by the Indians in the 3rd round of the 2009 MLB Draft out of the University of Cal-Santa Barbara.

Gardner pitched with Lake County for six games in 2010 before finishing the year with Kinston. He posted a 3,24 ERA in six starts for the Captains. He had a 2.65 ERA in 22 starts for the Indians, giving him a 2.75 ERA for the year.

In 2011, Gardner pitched in 19 games at Akron with a 4.99 ERA before he was traded to Colorado with Alex White, Drew Pomeranz, Matt McBride for Ubaldo Jimenez.

Gardner spent 2014 at the Double-A level of the Cubs and Braves organization. His suspension will start when he signs with a Major League organization.

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About tstotsky

I am a graduate of Lake Erie College and a huge baseball fan. I am a beat writer for Indians Baseball Insider, covering the Lake County Captains, Class A Affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.
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