Mariners minor league outfielders Jabari Blash and Jamal Austin received 50-game suspensions without pay following second positive tests for a drug of abuse, effectively immediately. The commissioner’s office made the announcement Friday.
The drug was not identified, but it was not a performance-enhancer, which typically is identified.
Blash, 24, a 6-foot-5, 224-pounder, has 12 homers and 37 RBIs in 45 games this season in AAA Tacoma, where he was promoted after 25 games in AA Jackson. In Tacoma, he was hitting .210 with 57 strikeouts and 17 walks. He was an eighth-round pick in the 2010 draft from Miami-Dade Junior College.
Austin, 23, a 5-9, 170-pound centerfielder, was hitting .262 with one home run, 16 RBIs and 19 stolen bases in 45 games with Jackson. He had 30 strikeouts and seven walks. He was a 13th-round selection by the Mariners in the 2011 draft out of the University of Alabama-Birmingham.