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Rays pitcher Alex Colome suspended 50 games for taking steroid used on horses

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Rays pitcher Alex Colume (left) and Triple-Crown winner Secretariat. (AP)

Before failing a drug test for steroids, right-hander Alex Colome was a good bet to help the Tampa Bay Rays at some point during the 2014 season. He was seen as insurance for the starting rotation, and was ticketed to start the season at Class AAA Durham. Now that Colome has been suspended by Major League Baseball for violating its drug agreement, the Rays might have to scramble if any one of their top five starters get hurt.

DRaysBay reports that Colome most likely tested positive for a metabolite of boldenone, "an anabolic steroid developed for veterinary use, mostly for treatment of horses."

Neigh it ain't so, Alex!

Colome, 25, is viewed by many as one of the Rays five or 10 best prospects, and has been seen as a top 50 or top 75 prospect overall depending on where you look. He made three starts with the major league squad in 2013, and looked impressive before being optioned back to Class AAA. But he also has a history of elbow problems, having made 34 starts combined the past two seasons among the Rays and two stops in the minors. If Colome is using horse pills in order to continue his chance at major league success, who could blame him?

Well, the MLB drug policy, for one.

For the sake of his career, hopefully the time off will do his arm some good. Taking PEDs, and certainly getting flagged for drugs, isn't helping him advance.

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