Left-handed pitching prospect Zack Dodson has been suspended 50 games for testing positive for substance abuse, according to John Perrotto. Dodson was placed on the temporary inactive list recently, and now we know why.
Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington issued the following statement about Dodson’s suspension: “We are extremely disappointed in Zack’s actions and have expressed this disappointment to him. We are working with him to help him understand that he has to make better choices for his own well being and to remain part of the Pirates organization.”
Dodson’s suspension started on July 31st. He will serve 32 games of his suspension for the remainder of the 2012 season, and will finish the final 18 games at the start of next season.