Colorado Rockies catcher Eliezer Alfonzo joins retired slugger Manny Ramirez as the only major leaguers to be suspended twice for a failed drug test. Major League Baseball announced the failed test on Wednesday afternoon. His 100-game suspension starts immediately, but Alfonzo plans to appeal it, according to Tracy Ringolsby.
Back in 2008, Alfonzo was suspended 50 games for a failed drug test while a member of the San Francisco Giants.
Alfonzo joined the Rockies during the 2010-11 offseason and made his way to the major in the middle of July. He received a large portion of playing in August, but with expanded rosters in September he has made just three appearances. Rookie Wilin Rosario has cut into his playing time.
For the season, Alfonzo is hitting .267/.304/.320.
Mike Jacobs, formerly a member of the Rockies' Triple-A Colorado Springs team was suspended back in August for testing positive for HGH, making Alfonzo the second Rockies play to be suspended for a failed drug test this season.