Tablado Continues Suspension for Banned-Substance

Raul Tablado in Dunedin

InsideTheDome has learned that Blue Jays minor leaguer Raul Tablado has been suspended for the first seven to ten games of the 2005 minor league season for testing positive to a banned substance.

Tablado was suspended towards the tail end of the 2004 minor league season, however, no reason was given by the Jays and at the time they said the problem was being handled in-house.

"When I first came over here Tablado was young and immature, like all young players at that age, and until those guys get serious and understand what it takes to get to the big leagues, they tend to flounder for a while" said the Jays Director of Player Development Dick Scott.

The minor league baseball policy is stricter than the major league policy in terms of the penalty and also the list of banned substances that it includes. First-time offenders receive a fifteen game suspension, second time offenders will sit out for thirty-days, and sixty days for a third-time.

Tablado is currently a member of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, and has been working out with the club, however, is not on their active roster.

Last year, about 1.7 percent of the minor league tests for steroid use were positive, Major League Baseball spokesman Pat Courtney said.

Bud Selig has strongly pushed that the minor league policy for banned substances be carried over to the major leagues.

"The minor-league policy is the best steroid policy in sports. There's no question about it. Immediate penalties, random testing year-round - It's got everything in there."

No member from the Jays Triple-A affiliate, the Syracuse SkyChiefs, tested positive for a banned substance during spring training.

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