Saturday, May 08, 2010

Houser off suspended list, now with Marlins

Former Biscuits pitcher James Houser came off the suspended list today from his 2007 positive test for a performance-enhancing substance.

Houser is now with the Florida Marlins and in extended spring training, but he's expected to soon join the Jacksonville Suns soon.

Houser was suspended under the minor-league drug policy for 50 games in August 2007 when he was with Montgomery. The Rays put him on their 40-man roster that offseason, which meant he was no longer subject to the minor-league drug policy and, therefore, had his suspension interrupted.

Houser was with Triple-A Durham last year when the Rays gave him his outright release. He signed a minor-league deal with the Marlins, which meant he was again subject to the minor-league drug policy and had to serve the rest of his suspension.

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