According to Adam Berry from MLB.com, right-handed pitcher Montana DuRapau has been suspended 50 games due to his second positive test for a drug of abuse. As we mentioned here last week, DuRapau was given an invitation to Major League Spring Training this year. No word on whether he will still be an invite, but the suspension wouldn’t affect his spring status. It would begin on Opening Day of the minor league season and carry through until May 30th (or longer if any games are postponed before that point).

DuRapau finished the 2017 season in Indianapolis, where he had 3.24 ERA in 15 appearances, with 23 strikeouts and an 0.78 WHIP in 16.2 innings. The 25-year-old reliever was a 32nd round draft pick in 2014. He worked his way up to Altoona in just his first full season after the draft, then remained at the level until this past July when he received his promotion to Triple-A.

While he wasn’t going into Spring Training with a chance to make the Pirates, it was an impressive jump for someone who was a late round pick and had been used as a bullpen extra during the last two years of Spring Training. That’s a role that usually signals a roster filler because those pitchers can go days without pitching, then fill any role when they are used, which is not something that prospects do during Spring Training.

So in that sense, this suspension is a real setback because he just broke out from an undesirable role to getting a chance to show his stuff in big league camp. The missed time also won’t help, as Indianapolis looks to have a crowded bullpen this season and he could get passed on the depth chart. DuRapau will be down at Pirate City in Extended Spring Training games during his suspension.

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  1. Breaks my HEART!!! This is a person I have followed since Day 1 and to hear this is just awful news!! I was pulling for him to be that exception to the norm. A 32nd rd pick to make the majors!! Now we need the grace and mercy of the Lord to redeem him and bring him back like only He can!! Good luck Montana, I am still pulling for you!!

  2. or……the reason why he’s been able to rise up is DUE to the usage and he’d still be struggling in bradenton otherwise…….either is possible. In his case, he really had nothing to lose.

  3. I think of the lyrics to the song “Montana” by Zappa. Frank was also on some drugs of abuse when he wrote that song.

  4. Why do I have to log in to read every single article now? It is obnoxious and frustrating. This has only been happening for a few weeks but needs to be addressed.

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      • It’s on my iPhone and I have not changed phone or browser in months nor have I changed cookie preferences. I Work in IT and understand these issues. Something changed in your logon server and it is obnoxious. Also get the freaking app working again. It’s been promised for a year.

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  5. Dumb. But also dumb is that weed (im assuming it’s weed) is still illegal. Does 50 games mean he’s been caught before? Or is 50 standard for first offense?

    • Drug of abuse covers a lot of things, not just marijuana. You hope his drug of abuse is marijuana (if you had the choice of major mistakes), but it could be much worse

      • Probably is because the heavier array of drugs leave the system usually within 4-7 days, whereas grass stays in the system for 21 days.

        • You could make an argument that it’s more likely to be something else then because they players have no clue when the random drug tests will come. They get a phone call that says meet me here at this time and they have to go. They could get tested days apart too due to the random nature of it. If you’re going to make a bad decision anyway, wouldn’t you want lesser odds of it costing you? It seems like whatever stays in your system the longest would be the least likely thing you do.

          Of course, I’m trying to interject common sense into a situation that obviously lacked it, so I could be wrong. I’m just not going to assume it’s marijuana he got caught doing.

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