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Durham pitcher Geltz, former UB star, suspended 50 games for failing drug test

Durham pitcher Steve Geltz during his trip to Buffalo last June (Buffalo News file photo)


By Mike Harrington

Durham Bulls reliever Steve Geltz -- the former Wilson High and University at Buffalo star -- was hit with a 50-game suspension Monday night by The Office of the Commissioner after a second positive test for a drug of abuse.

As per the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, the suspension is without pay and is effective immediately. It's important to note the "drug of abuse" distinction, which notes the suspension is for substances that include cocaine, marijuana, heroin, LSD, ecstasy and other opiates. It is thus not a suspension for the use of performance enhancers.

Geltz, 26, is 2-2 with a 3.86 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 16 1/3 innings over 11 games for Durham, a Tampa Bay affiliate. He went 5-3 with three saves and a 2.82 ERA in 41 games last year as Durham won the International  League Governors' Cup championship.

Geltz pitched two games for the Los Angeles Angels in 2012, making his debut on Aug. 16 and, oddly enough, it came against Tampa Bay.

Click here to read my column from last June on Geltz as he came to town with the Bulls. Durham is not scheduled to visit this year until July 10-13, and Geltz would be eligible to return in late June.


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Mike Harrington

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Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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