Pitcher James Houser earned an extra benefit from making the Rays' 40-man roster: His suspension for using a performance-enhancing substance is over.
Houser missed the final 16 regular-season games last year with the Biscuits -- plus nine playoff games -- after the suspension. He was scheduled to miss the first month of this year.
"As a member of the major league 40-man roster, Houser is not subject to
minor league rules and is no longer considered suspended," Rays spokesman Rick Vaughn said in an e-mail to Tampa Bay writers.
(Thanks to Marc Topkin for passing along the e-mail.)