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Astros Minor Leaguer suspended

Einertson out 50 games for second violation of drug policy

By Brian McTaggart / MLB.com

Friday, August 7, 2009 7:00 PM CT

Mitch Einertson HOUSTON -- Minor League outfielder Mitch Einertson was suspended 50 games Friday by the Commissioner's Office after a second violation of the Minor League drug prevention and treatment program for a drug of abuse.

Minor Leaguers not on the 40-man roster of any big league club are subject to testing for recreational drugs such as marijuana, cocaine and alcohol.

Einertson, 23, was hitting .260 with eight homers and 33 RBIs in 88 games for the Astros' Double-A affiliate in Corpus Christi. Astros general manager Ed Wade wouldn't say what substance Einertson tested positive for, but said he was disappointed.

"I don't know what more we can do to make sure these kids are aware that they have to be clean and stay clean and that the testing program is here for a purpose," Wade said. "There's a punitive mechanism in place here, and for him to fail a couple of tests to get to the point of being suspended for 50 games is disappointing.

"I'm hoping not only he learns the lesson, but any other kids learn the lesson that if you're not going to follow the rules, you're going to get suspended."

Einertson, a fifth-round Draft pick in 2004 from Oceanside, Calif., hit .308 with 24 homers and 67 RBIs in his first season at rookie-league Greeneville in 2004, but has never hit more than 12 homers in a season since. He missed some time in 2005 at low-Class A with what the Astros called "personal issues."

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.