FORT MYERS – Tampa Bay Rays RHP Alex Colome has been suspended 50-game without pay after testing positive for Boldenone, a performance-enhancing substance, violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Colome made one start for the Rays last season, earning a victory against the Miami Marlins in June. He is considered one of the Rays’ top pitching prospects and was set to begin the season at Triple-A Durham.
The suspension begins at the start of the season.
Boldenone is an anabolic steroid commonly used to treat horses.
The Rays issued this statement: “We were disappointed to learn of Alex Colome’s violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. We fully support Major League Baseball’s policy and its efforts to eliminate performance-enhancing substances from our game. Per the protocol outlined in the Joint Drug Program, the organization will not comment further on this matter.”