The River Cats will play a rare nationally televised game tonight at Raley Field, but don’t expect to see infielder Tyler Ladendorf in the home team’s uniform.
The Major League Baseball commissioner’s office Wednesday morning announced that Ladendorf was one of two minor-league players suspended for 50 games without pay for drug violations.
Adam Heisler, an outfielder in the Chicago White Sox minor-league system, tested positive for an amphetamine.
Specifics of Ladendorf’s tests were not released, but the 26-year-old was suspended after a second positive test for a “drug of abuse.” According to MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, a “drug of abuse” does not fall under the list for performance-enhancing drugs, but rather a list of recreational-use drugs.
Ladendorf had played well in his first full season at the Triple-A level, averaging .305 at the plate with 22 extra-base hits and 32 walks for the River Cats. He would be eligible to return Aug. 19 for the final 14 games of the season.
Tonight’s 7:05 p.m. game against the Las Vegas 51s will be televised by CBS Sports Network as part of the network’s Minor League Baseball’s Game of the Week.
– Victor Contreras