In a statement released Wednesday afternoon from Major League Baseball’s commissioner’s office, two Minor League players were suspended for testing positive for performance-enhancing substances, one of which was free agent Joe Dickerson, the other, Lehigh Valley’s Kevin Frandsen.
Frandsen received a 50-game suspension, testing positive for Ritalinic Acid, a substance that is in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
One of the most versatile members of the IronPigs, Frandsen was hitting .321 with three home runs and 18 RBIs at the time of his suspension. Of those players in the International League with at least 100 at-bats, the 28-year-old held the eighth highest batting average.
The infielder was also a big part of Tuesday’s 3-1 win over the Toledo Mud Hens, going 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored.
While Frandsen was one of the IronPigs hottest hitters, the International League North Division leading ‘Pigs may not be in as much trouble as first thought.
Filling Frandsen’s roster spot Wednesday night was Tagg Bozied, who was activated off of the disabled list after missing 34 games this season, and he picked up right where Frandsen left off.
Playing first base, Bozied was 1-for-2 on the night, but more importantly knocked in two of the four first-inning runs scored by Lehigh Valley with a double. The IronPigs would go on to defeat the Mud Hens 8-1 and move a half-game ahead of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for the top spot in the North Division.
Bozied, the 2010 Eastern League batting champion, will try to continue his offensive presence when the IronPigs look to complete a four-game series sweep of Toledo, Thursday evening at Coca-Cola Park.