Joey Gathright has played in parts of seven major league seasons, over 450 games, swiped over 80 bases and has a respectable .263 career average.
Unfortunately, as we have all seen, no one is immune from drug testing, and when you get caught, you get suspended.
Gathright, who is currently a member of the independent Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League, was suspended 50 games Tuesday by MiLB for testing positive for an amphetamine.
Gathright began the 2012 season as a member of the Louisville Bats, the Triple-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. During his time with the Bats, he batted .299 in 40 games with seven doubles and 16 RBI.
Released by the Bats on July 11 of this year, Gathright signed with the Bluefish and put up pretty pedestrian numbers: .242, two home runs and 22 RBI in 68 games. He did contribute 14 stolen bases.
Coincidentally, this is not Gathright’s first Independent League experience.
He played for the Long Island Ducks in 2010. His numbers were actually very similar to this year’s and did attract some interest from pro teams, including the Baltimore Orioles, who purchased his contract. He ended up finishing the year with Norfolk, their Triple-A club.
According to MiLB, Gathright tested positive while a member of the Bluefish, and the 50-game suspension will take effect when he signs with a major league club.
It’s unclear whether he will face suspension if he returns to the Bluefish next season, but this confirms that banned substances are still a concern in professional baseball regardless of level or affiliation.
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