Busted! Former Padres Reliever Troy Patton Suspended 80 Games
By Billy Brost
According to a report from Jeff Saunders of the UT-San Diego, former San Diego Padres’ left-handed reliever Troy Patton has been suspended by Major League Baseball for 80 games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Patton, who started the season in Baltimore with the Orioles came to San Diego by way of the Nick Hundley trade. Patton pitched in just over a dozen games for the Friars during the 2014 season.
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Per the report, Patton tested positive for the amphetamine Aderall. The Padres had designated Patton for assignment back in September as he battled arm injuries most of the season. When and if Patton finds a new big league home, half of his season is as good as gone with the second suspension. He had previously served a 25-game suspension while with the Orioles for the same violation. In 7+ innings this season, Patton allowed two earned runs. Hopefully he can get himself and his career back on track.