Colorado Rockies fans received some unpleasant news Tuesday as Troy Renck of The Denver Post reported that minor league reliever Joe Torres had received a 50-game suspension for a reported infringement on the league's anti-performance-enhancing substance policy:
Rockies minor league lhp Joe Torres has been suspended 50 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance— Troy Renck, Rockies (@TroyRenck) February 21, 2012
Torres pitched for Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Colorado Springs in 2011, putting together a combined 2.24 ERA. The 11-year minor league veteran had reached Triple-A for the first time in his minor league career in 2011. He sports a 4.51 career ERA in minors, and originally began as a starting pitcher after being selected in the MLB draft out of high school in the 1st round by the Los Angeles Angels (then the Anaheim Angels) in 2000.
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