Two former Midwest League players — pitcher Jose Valverde and outfielder Luigi Rodriguez — each were suspended for 80 games Friday after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance.
Valverde is a 12-year MLB veteran who last pitched in the major leagues in 2014. He pitched in Triple-A this season before being released by the Washington Nationals last month. His suspension will take effect if the 37-year-old right-hander signs with another club.
He collected 288 saves for four big-league teams. He pitched for the South Bend Silver Hawks briefly in 1999 and for a significant portion of the 2000 season, cumulatively going 0-5 with a 4.98 ERA, 14 saves, 42 strikeouts and 27 walks in 34.1 innings (33 appearances).
Rodriguez, a Cleveland Indians prospect, batted .293 with 12 HR, 49 RBI and 24 SB in 92 games with the High-A Lynchburg Hillcats this season. He played with the Lake County Captains the entire 2012 season and parts of the 2011 and 2013 seasons, cumulatively batting .264 with 12 HR, 62 RBI and 35 SB in 173 games.
Farrell diagnosed with lymphoma
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell announced Friday that he was diagnosed with stage 1 lymphoma after undergoing hernia surgery Monday. He is taking medical leave for the rest of the season to deal with the curable form of cancer.
Best wishes to him as he undergoes chemotherapy beginning next week.
Although he ended up pitching in parts of eight seasons in the big leagues, Farrell started his playing career on a less-than-stellar note in the Midwest League. He started nine games for the 1984 Waterloo Indians, going 0-5 with a 6.44 ERA, 29 strikeouts and 33 walks in 43.1 innings. He pitched two complete games.
Bench coach Torey Lovullo will serve as Boston’s interim manager for the rest of the season.