Dodgers prospect Lambo suspended 50 games [Updated]
Outfielder Andrew Lambo has been suspended 50 games for violating baseball's drug policy, the commissioner's office announced today.
The suspension resulted from "a second positive test for a drug of abuse," according to the announcement.
Under baseball's drug policy, any positive test for steroids results in a suspension. A first positive test for a "drug of abuse"--including but not limited to marijuana, cocaine, heroin and LSD--is not disclosed publicly and does not result in a suspension.
In keeping with baseball's policy, the announcement did not state the particular drug for which Lambo tested positive.
"The Dodgers are disappointed to learn of this news," a team statement said, "and we fully support Major League Baseball's drug policy and its penalties. The organization does not condone the use of any substance not sanctioned by MLB's medical staff."
Lambo, 21, ranked by Baseball America as the Dodgers' top outfield prospect, is batting .342 in 19 games at double-A Chattanooga.
The Dodgers selected him from Newbury Park High in the fourth round of the 2007 draft, and Baseball America reported he would have been drafted higher had clubs not been concerned "after he got caught smoking marijuana as a high school sophomore."
-- Bill Shaikin