Phillies left-hander Daniel Stumpf, a Rule 5 pick out of the Royals organization, has been suspended for 80 games after testing positive for a banned substance (dehydrochlormethyltestosterone), Major League Baseball announced today. The Phillies have announced that left-hander Elvis Araujo has been recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take Stumpf’s place on the 25-man roster.
Stumpf, 25, is one of two Rule 5 picks to make the Phillies club out of Spring Training this season, joining former Rays outfielder Tyler Goeddel. Stumpf had a solid Spring Training, pitching to a 3.65 ERA with a 14-to-4 K/BB ratio in 13 2/3 innings. He struggled mightily in his MLB debut this year, yielding three runs without recording an out, but he’s appeared in a pair of games since that time and retired the two batters he’s been asked to face. Last season, in 70 2/3 innings at the Double-A level, Stumpf logged a 3.57 ERA with 9.7 K/9 against 4.0 BB/9.
The Phillies will still be able to control the rights to their Rule 5 selection when he returns from the suspension, if they choose. Last year, we saw a pair of Rule 5 picks — David Rollins (Mariners) and Andrew McKirahan (Braves, via waivers from Marlins) — each receive 80-game suspensions but stick with their new organizations regardless. The team has issued a press release with the following statement on the matter: “The Phillies support Major League Baseball’s Joint Prevention and Treatment Program and are disappointed to hear today’s news of Daniel’s violation.”