Santana, Rodriguez, Rondon have been postponed for positive drug testing

NEW YORK – Outfielder / first baseman Danny Santana, pitcher Richard Rodriguez and infielder Jose Randon have been locked out for 99 days after the Major League drug testing program resumed on March 11 after a 99-day suspension.

The three, all free agents, tested positive for the performance-enhancing substance Boldenone, the commissioner’s office said Monday.

The tests were performed by taking a urine sample before the lockout began on December 2, but the MLB concluded that it could not declare discipline during the workout, a person familiar with the test program said on condition of anonymity because the details were not disclosed.

Santana, 31, is an eight-year Major League veteran who hit .181 hits for the Boston Red Sox in 38 games last season, including five homers and 14 RBIs. He has a .255 career average, including 47 homers and 202 RBIs for Minnesota (2014-17), Atlanta (2017-18), Texas (2019-20) and Boston.

Rodriguez, a 32-year-old right-hander, was acquired by Atlanta from Pittsburgh on July 30 and had Braves 27 appearances in 1-2 with a 3.12 ERA but did not appear on a post-season roster for the World Series champions. . He was 5-4 with a 2.94 ERA in 64 relief outings last year and has a 16-14 career record with 3.28 ERA and 19 saves for Baltimore (2017), Pittsburgh (2018-21) and Atlanta.

Randon, 28, has hit .263 for St. Louis in 63 games last season, including three homers and nine RBIs. With San Diego (2016), Chicago White Sox (2018-19), Baltimore (2019) and St. Louis, he has an average of .216, including 12 homers and 33 RBIs in four seasons.

This was the first suspension under the major league drug program since Oakland outfielder Ramon Loriano was disciplined on 6 August, an 80-game penalty with 27 games remaining this season. There have been 20 suspensions this year under the Minor League Drug Program.

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