Major League Baseball may owe an apology, a great big apology, to an obscure Venezuelan shortstop named Lainer Bueno. Bueno was last seen in the Cardinals organization, where he was signed as a non-drafted free agent. Bueno played in the Venezuelan Summer League in 2010, posting an anemic .228/.336/.239 slash line. This is the beginning and end of everything I know about Lainer Bueno.
Except for three things:
1. On September 30, 2010, MLB announced that Bueno tested positive for clenbuterol, a banned performance-enhancing drug. As a result, Bueno was suspended for the first 50 games of his 2011 season.
2. Shortly after this announcement, the Cardinals released Bueno from their organization.
3. Bueno’s suspension should be overturned. Because there’s a substantial possibility that Bueno did not dope intentionally. There’s a substantial possibility that Bueno ingested clenbuterol accidentally, through something he innocently ate in his home country of Venezuela.
Let me explain.
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