Major League Baseball suspended Astro pitcher Runelvys Hernadez for abuse of amphetamines as a performance enhancing drug. Apparently the drug didn't work -- Hernadez compiled a 0-3, 8.33 record for the 'Stros this year. To the Houston Chronicle:
Hernandez, who spent most of the season at Class AAA Round Rock, will serve the suspension at the start of next season. Amphetamines are considered a performance-enhancing substance and are in violation of the minor league drug prevention and treatment program.
"We strongly believe in the commissioner's drug-testing program, and we are disappointed in the choice that Runelvys made,” Astros general manager Ed Wade said in a statement. “Major League Baseball and the 30 clubs have taken great strides toward eliminating the use of performance-enhancing substances in baseball, and we are fully supportive of all measures to ensure a clean game.”
Hernandez, 30, was 0-3 with an 8.38 ERA in four starts this year for the Astros. He appeared in 24 games at Round Rock, including 23 starts, and was 8-8 with a 4.91 ERA.
Hernandez, a non-roster invitee to spring training, was taken off the 40-man roster Tuesday. He was unlikely to return to the organization next year, but his suspension likely sealed his fate with the club.