The Reds released Kahaloa on Monday, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Kahaloa completed his 50-game suspension for a second positive drug test in July, but never reported to any of the Reds' minor-league affiliates with the organization wanting him to put his personal issues ahead of his baseball career. It appears Kahaloa's return to the mound will now take a little more time, as the Reds decided to cut bait with the 2015 fifth-round pick, despite his promising performance with rookie-level Billings a season ago. Several organizations should still have interest in bringing the 19-year-old aboard, but he'll first need to prove that he's on the straight and narrow.
It was the second suspension the Reds' prospect had received for a drug of abuse after pitching last season with Rookie-level Billings. The Reds have said from the time the suspension was announced that they would focus on his health first before his baseball career, and the decision to hold him out of games despite the end of the suspension supports their statements on the matter.
Kahaloa has been suspended for 50 games due to a second positive test for a drug of abuse, the Cincinnati Enquirer's Zach Buchanan reports.
Kahaloa was a fifth round pick by the Reds in 2015. He pitched 44.2 innings at Rookie-level Billings over 10 starts last season, posting a 2.82 ERA and 1.15 WHIP with a 42:13 K:BB.
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