Minor Leaguer Blaise suspended 50 games

Minor Leaguer Blaise suspended 50 games

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced Tuesday that Rays Minor League left-hander Brett Blaise has received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for an amphetamine, a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The suspension of Blaise, who is currently on the roster of the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Rays, will be effective at the start of next season.

Blaise signed with Tampa Bay as a free agent this past summer after going 4-4 with a 4.10 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 68 innings at Belhaven University in Jackson, Miss. Prior to pitching for Belhaven, he pitched for two seasons at Pearl River Community College in Poplarville, Miss.

Blaise went 1-1 with an 8.36 ERA in eight relief outings for the Gulf Coast League Rays this summer.

The Rays have had a rough summer where suspensions are concerned. Former No. 1 overall pick (2008 Draft) Tim Beckham, who played for Triple-A Durham, was suspended 50 games after testing positive for marijuana.

Later in the summer, Josh Sale, the Rays' No. 1 pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, was suspended 50 games after testing positive for methamphetamine and an amphetamine. Sale was joined by three of his teammates at Bowling Green who were also suspended for the same offense: second baseman Ryan Brett, pitcher Charles Cononie and pitcher Justin Woodall.

All three players received 50-game suspensions as well.