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Bruksch Violates Drug Policy

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Jeffrey Bruksch was suspended for violating MLB drug policy, the first Reds player to be punished under the new guidelines:

Jeffrey Bruksch is the first player in the Reds organization to commit a drug violation under the new union policy.

A pitcher for the Chattanooga Lookouts, Bruksch was 3-3 with a 2.94 ERA in 2005. He'll sit 15 games for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. And the punishment might not stop there.

"We support the Commissioner's drug program and the subsequent penalty," O'Brien said, "and we do not condone the use of any illegal drugs in our organization. Period. Underline. Exclamation point.

"I would say there's a good chance of [further punishment]. The specifics will not be made public."

"Period. Underline. Exclamation point."

That Dan O'Brien.  He's such a hard ass.

Doc Scott is saying on RedsZone that it's not a steroid violation, which would be a good thing.  Not that Bruksch should be doing any drugs, but at least marijuana would mean his stats this year are legitimate, which is important because he's having something of a breakthrough season at AA Chattanooga. Just kidding, it was probably steroids. Or maybe not. I don't know.

Bruksch has a 2.94 ERA in 49 IP, and a 59/28 K/BB ratio.  Jeffrey originally was a fifth round draft pick by the Oakland A's, and he came to the Reds organization in the Jose Guillen deal.

Hopefully this'll just be a bump in the road for the guy, and he'll come back from his suspension better than ever.