The Two-Way
4:57 pm
Wed September 14, 2011

Rockies Catcher Eliezer Alfonzo Suspended 100 Games After Positive Test

The Colorado Rockies Eliezer Alfonzo is joining some ignominious company: Today Major League Baseball announced it was suspending the catcher for 100 games, after failing a drug test for the second time. Alfonzo tested positive for PED in 2008, when he was in the minor leagues.

The Denver Post reports:

Alfonzo joins disgraced slugger Manny Ramirez as the only other two-time offender. Ramirez retired in April from the Tampa Bay Rays rather than serve his suspension. Alfonzo, 32, plans to contest the latest findings.

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Until recently, the Venezuelan native had been serving as the Rockies' backup catcher behind Chris Iannetta. However, he hasn't started since Sept. 4 because of the arrival of rookie Wilin Rosario.

A Rockies club official said Alfonzo has not been released. Alfonzo pinch hit in Tuesday's loss to the Brewers. He's batting .267 with one home run, a grand slam against the Padres on the night of the Ubaldo Jimenez trade, in 25 games.

According to USA Today, Alfonzo issued a statement denying that he had taken any performance-enhacing drugs.

"I am surprised by this positive test," said Alfonzo. "I learned my lesson in 2008 and have not taken any prohibited substances since then. With the Union's help, I intend to fight this suspension and look forward to appearing before the arbitrator in the near future."

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