Former Boston Red Sox draft pick Donnie Sadler, who now plays in the Arizona Diamondbacks system, was suspended for 50 games after he tested positive for a drug if abuse under baseball’s minor league program.
The 32-year-old Sadler has played parts of eight major league seasons with Boston, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Texas and Arizona. On May 12th he had his first major league plate appearance since 2004 against Houston.
Sadler is currently playing for Triple A Tucson where he is hitting .214 with two homeruns and 17 RBI in 52 games. In 418 major league games Sadler has a .202 batting average with 6 homeruns and 46 RBI.
Sadler is the 20th minor league player suspended this season, the sixth for a drug of abuse.
The Red Sox drafted Sadler in the 11th round in 1994. He made his major league debut on Opening Day 1998 for Boston where he played parts of three seasons until he was traded to Cincinnati in November of 2000 for Chris Stynes.