Troy Patton has been suspended 25 games for testing positive for amphetamine use.
Patton, 28, has carved out a role for himself as a left handed relief option in the Baltimore Orioles bullpen compiling a 3.05 ERA and a 113/33 K/BB ratio in 142 innings of work over the last three seasons.
If Patton does not appeal the penalty he will sit out the first month of the season. It remains to be seen if this suspension will have any impact on Patton’s roster spot.
Patton was first acquired by the Orioles in a trade that sent Miguel Tejada to Houston.