Minor Leaguer Montero plans appeal

Minor Leaguer Montero plans appeal

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rangers Minor League pitcher Agustin Montero has informed the club that he would like to appeal a 10-day suspension handed down by Major League Baseball on Wednesday for violation of the Major League Baseball Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Montero, 27, has made it known to Rangers officials that he feels he has done nothing wrong and wants to clear his name.

"I did get a call today where Augie said it's not right," Rangers general manager John Hart said. "Is it prescription? I don't know all the facts."

Montero has indicated to the Rangers that he feels his positive test may have occurred because of medication he was taking.

"I think that's the case, as I know it," Hart said.

Montero is the third player on a 40-man roster to test positive under MLB's new steroid policy. Tampa Bay outfielder Alex Sanchez was the first player suspended under the new program, starting his 10-day suspension on April 3. Colorado outfielder Jorge Piedra was suspended for 10 days, starting April 11.

Montero was on the Rangers' 40-man roster during Spring Training. He was designated for assignment on April 2, then sent outright to Double-A Frisco. Montero, who previously pitched in the A's and Dodgers organizations, was 0-1 with a 5.63 ERA for Frisco.

Robert Falkoff is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.