LJ Hoes suspended 50 games for drug of abuse

February 15, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) Former big league outfielder L.J. Hoes has been suspended for 50 games under baseball's minor league drug program following a second positive test for a drug of abuse.

St. Louis left-hander Corey Littrell, a grandson of former big league infielder Jack Littrell Sr., also was banned 50 games following a second positive test for a drug of abuse, the commissioner's office said Wednesday.

Colorado infielder Yeremi Rosario was suspended 72 games after a positive test for the performance-enhancing drug Tamoxifen; Atlanta infielder Gabe Howell was penalized 68 games after a positive test for the performance-enhancing drug Hydrochlorothiazide; and Arizona catcher Ryan January was suspended 50 games after a positive test for the banned stimulant Amphetamine.

Hoes, who turns 27 next month, hit .237 with four homers and 22 RBIs in 112 games for Baltimore (2012-13) and Houston (2013-15). He batted .242 with six homers and 33 RBIs last year for the Norfolk, the Orioles' team in the Triple-A International League.

Corey Littrell, who turns 25 next month, was 1-0 with a 1.72 ERA in 13 relief appearances last year at Double-A Springfield of the Texas League and 1-4 with a 4.56 ERA in one start and 39 relief appearances at Triple-A Memphis. He was acquired from Boston in July 2014 along with pitcher John Lackey in the trade that sent outfielder Allen Craig and right-hander Joe Kelly to the Red Sox.

Corey Littrell's father, Jack Littrell Jr., pitched in the minor leagues for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Montreal from 1977-80. Jack Littrell Sr. pitched for the Philadelphia and Kansas City Athletics and the Chicago Cubs from 1952-57.

There have been 11 suspensions this year under the minor league drug program.



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