Rosario plans to train at the team's facility in Florida instead. "They told me to come [to Florida,] and if I play good, if everything is good, that would be enough," Rosario said. The 23-year-old played in the AFL and in the Puerto Rican League last season. Rosario was hit with a 50-game suspension to begin the season due to a positive drug test. He did not appear in the majors last season, but has a chance to make the club in 2015.
Rosario was given the suspension in November but had been waiting on the results of his appeal. He hit .302/.350/.460 with 10 home runs, 73 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 496 at-bats with high Class A Fort Myers and Double-A New Britain in 2013.
Rosario was hit with a 50-game suspension in late November, but appealed the ruling. Rosario claims he took pain medication for an arm injury, which triggered the test. He said he's used a similar medication, potentially the same one, in the past and it never caused a positive test. A person with direct knowledge of the case says it's "unlikely" Rosario will win his appeal.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that
The news of the suspension came from Rosario himself, as MLB did not make an announcement, indicating that Rosario may have made an appeal. Rosario informed the general manager of his Puerto Rican Winter League team, as he thought the suspension applied to winter league play.
Playing for Double-A New Britain and Advanced Class A Fort Myers in 2013, Rosario turned in a .302 batting average with 10 home runs and 73 RBI.
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