Franklin fails drug test, suspended
As hashed out in the comments, it appears that players suspended under the drug policy don’t count against the roster limit… so the M’s won’t be a man down, if they decide to keep Franklin around. Which they may not. On the other hand, being a starter down may change their plans for shaking up the roster further.
“We are very disappointed to learn this news,” Mariners spokesman Tim Hevly said. “But at the direction of Major League Baseball, and, following its rules, we are not able to comment further.”
Franklin’s also expected to talk later this afternoon. Pick one or more:
- Must have been tainted supplements
- Or a strange combination of unbanned supplements
- Never knowingly took a banned substance
- Blames lack of run support
The Mariners have had more players suspended for drug violations than any other team, by my count.