Originally posted on The Cardinal Nation blog  |  Last updated 8/26/13
When the 50-game suspension of Johnson City outfielder Yoenny Gonzalez was announced on Thursday, it was the first penalty for a St. Louis Cardinals organization player announced in almost 12 months. (Interestingly, the exact drug which led to Gonzalez’ suspension was not announced.) Still, it has been a quiet season on the suspension front, a year after five Cardinals were busted during 2012. In fact, if no other suspensions are announced this year, it will be the least since 2007. However, St. Louis also signed two rebounders – players who were suspended by other organizations and immediately released. In those cases, the players had to serve out their 50 games after becoming Cardinals. Shortstop Diory Paulino (Red Sox) and pitcher Estarlin Arias (Nationals) completed their suspensions this season and are now active on the Dominican Summer League Cardinals roster. Perhaps in most cases it was the normal ebb and flow of players moving on, but it is still worth noting that in the...
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