The Colorado Springs Sky Sox have lost their starting first baseman for the next 50 games, as Mike Jacobs has become the first North American pro athlete to test positive for using Human Growth Hormone (HGH).
The Colorado Rockies had signed Jacobs to a minor league deal this spring, and he had been one of the Sky Sox's better hitters this season -- he leads the team with 23 home runs. With his successful season, Jacobs was a likely candidate for a September callup to the major leagues once rosters expanded, but that dream has now ended. With the test, Jacobs faces a 50 game suspension under MLB's Substance Abuse Policy and will miss the remainder of the season.
It's the first positive test for HGH since MLB began testing the minor leagues in 2010.â†µ