Florida Marlins’ relief pitcher, Henry Owens has been suspended for 50 games for testing positive for a performance enhancing substance. Owens has not pitched in the Major Leagues since June 2007 due to shoulder injuries. He made 22 appearances for the Marlins in 2007.
In a prepared statement, Marlins’ president, Larry Beinfast, supported MLB’s drug policy.
"We are disappointed that Henry Owens received a positive test, and fully endorse the discipline outlined in the MLB policy. We will continue to work with and educate our players to help prevent any further violations."
Owens becomes the third player suspended in 2008 under the Major League portion of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Owens follows the Rockies’ Humberto Cota and the Giants’ Eliezer Alfonso. None of these players played in the Major Leagues in 2008 but were on MLB 40-man and thus tested/suspended under the Major League portion of the drug agreement.