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.