Devil Rays minor leaguer suspended 100 games

NEW YORK -- Tampa Bay Devil Rays minor league pitcher Matt
Rico was suspended for 100 games Tuesday after testing positive for
a drug of abuse.
Rico is in extended spring training, and hadn't played for a
team yet this season. He was Tampa Bay's sixth-round draft pick in
2001 as an outfielder, but was converted to a pitcher last year. He
had no record in eight games with short-season Class A Hudson
Valley last year, finishing with a 2.53 ERA.
The penalty for an initial positive test this year was increased
from 15 games to 50 for players with minor league contracts, and
the penalty for a second positive test rose from 30 games to 100.
For major leaguers, the punishment was lengthened from 10 days
to 50 games -- but any test for major leaguers is treated as a first
positive test.