Tampa Bay Rays Minor League Catcher Suspended


Tampa Bay Rays Double-A catcher David Wendt has been suspended for 50 games after testing positive for Methylhexaneamine. Methylhexaneamine started out as being used as a nasal decongestant but currently has no medical use. It is currently being used in dietary and weight-loss supplements since it acts as a vasoconstrictor by increasing heart rate and blood pressure, sending more blood to the areas of the body that need it. Although its effects are similar to caffeine and not steroids, it is currently banned by many sports as a performing-enhancing substance. Wendt was selected by the Rays in the 50th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. In 2012, he batted .223, hit 8 RBIs, and scored 13 runs in 42 games.

 

Sources:

Princeton Rays

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