Nicky Delmonico, the return from the Orioles last season when Doug Melvin traded away Francisco Rodriguez, and the 17th-best prospect in the Brewers farm system (according to the newly refreshed MLB.com rankings), has tested positive for amphetamine use and has been saddled with a 50-game suspension.
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) July 28, 2014
This lends clarity to what was called a “personal situation” that Delmonico was “dealing with” to begin the 2014 season and again recently as it was reported that a “recurrence” of his personal issues had led to a time away from baseball.
Obviously more needs to be learned about what was the cause of the positive test, but before anyone decides that this is a good time to troll me…
AMPHETAMINES ARE NOT STEROIDS!
…so save it.
Delmonico almost didn’t return to baseball at all to begin this season, according to the reports from back then, so this seems to be clearly something more than just popping a pill to get up for a game.
Drug use should never be trivialized, especially when lacking details and specificity, so for now I just hope that Delmonico deals with these issues in a positive manner and can get back to baseball…if that’s the best thing for him going forward.ne