Pitcher handed 50-game suspension

Texas Rangers minor league pitcher Daniel Gutierrez has received a 50-game suspension by Major League Baseball after testing positive for an amphetamine, a performance-enhancing substance.

The suspension will be effective at the start of the 2010 season.

Gutierrez, who is on the Double-A Frisco roster, told the Rangers he tested positive for a small amount of Adderall, a drug used to treat Attention Deficit Disorder. Gutierrez told the Rangers he had a prescription for the drug but did not apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption waiver through the league.

"I sincerely apologize to the Texas Rangers organization, Major League Baseball, and to my family for my failure to comply with the Minor League Drug Policy by failing to apply for and obtain a TUE," said Gutierrez, through his agent Greg Genske, in a statement. "I understand that it was my responsibility to obtain a TUE even though the drug was prescribed by a doctor, and that I have let down myself and many others with my failure to do so. I greatly appreciate the support of the Texas Rangers front office and I am determined to serve as a better role model in the future."

Gutierrez was given an automatic 50-game suspension, as the rules state for a minor league player in violation of the substance abuse policy. Had Gutierrez been on the 40-man roster, he would have only received a warning under MLB rules.

"We're disappointed," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "While it appears this may have been the result of taking a legal drug, it demonstrates poor judgement that Danny didn't let us know he needed a TUE, and that violates MLB's program. It's a setback, as he appeared ready for a strong year beginning in Frisco's rotation. With hard work, that's still possible."

Gutierrez will spend his suspension in Surprise, Ariz., and is allowed to fully participate in spring training and extended spring games. He will report to minor league camp for spring workouts in March.