Right-hander Danny Gutierrez, one of the Texas Rangers' top pitching prospects, was handed a 50-game suspension after testing positive for the banned substance Adderall, which is used to treat attention deficit disorder but is also an amphetamine that is considered a performance-enhancing drug.
Rated as the club's No. 9 overall prospect by Baseball America last month, Gutierrez will begin serving the suspension at the start of the season. He will be allowed to participate in spring training and extending spring training. Gutierrez told general manager Jon Daniels that he has a prescription for the medication but failed to receive a Therapeutic Use Exemption.
"I sincerely apologize to the Texas Rangers organization, Major League Baseball and to my family for my failure to comply with the Minor League Drug Policy by failing to apply for an obtain a TUE," Gutierrez said in a statement. "I understand that it was my responsibility to obtain a TUE even though the drug was prescribed by a doctor, and that I ahve let down myself and many others with my failure to do so. I greatly appreciate the support of the Texas Rangers front office, and I am determined to serve as a better role model in the future."
-- Jeff Wilson