Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Angel Guzman was suspended for 50 games by Major League Baseball on Friday for a second violation under the minor league drug program for a drug of abuse.
The 30-year-old right-hander was 3-10 with a 4.82 ERA for the Chicago Cubs from 2006-09, then missed 2010 with a torn shoulder ligament. He spent 2011 at Class A in the Cubs’ minor league system, making two appearances at Peoria of the Midwest League and going 0-3 with a 4.26 ERA in 19 games at Daytona of the Florida State League.
He signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers in December and attended big league spring training, pitching 5 1-3 scoreless innings in five games. He then was sent to Triple-A Albuquerque.
”I knew about it in spring training. It’s a unique situation with that kid and it’s a little deeper. There’s more to this story,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. ”I really like him. He’s got a great arm and is a hard worker and a great kid. He’s not someone to write off.”
The suspension was the 35th this year under the minor league program.