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Three Rays' minor-leaguers suspended for meth

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

This is certainly more alarming than your garden-variety drug suspension: Three Rays' minor-leaguers have been suspended 50 games without pay for testing positive for methamphetamine and an unnamed amphetamine, MLB has announced.

The three players -- second baseman Ryan Brett, right-hander Charles Cononie and left-hander Justin Woodall -- are all on the roster for Low-A Bowling Green of the Midwest League. In accordance with Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, each player will begin serving his suspension immediately.

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Brett this season was hitting .285/.348/.393 in 100 games, while Cononie and Woodall have a 4.20 ERA and 4.76 ERA, respectively.

Needless to say, this is more worrisome than a suspension for PEDs or marijuana, and the fact that all three played on the same team should prompt some kind of organizational probe into what, if anything, is going on at Bowling Green.

Seeing as how there's rarely such a thing as a "casual" meth user, one hopes that each of these young men will get the help he needs. Resuming their baseball careers must be a secondary concern considering the destructive substances involved.

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