After missing a good portion of the AAA season due to a suspension former UB pitcher Steve Geltz is heading back up to the majors. It's been reported that Geltz was called back up from the Durham Bulls by their parent club, the Tampa Bay Rays.
Geltz was suspended for some 50 games because he tested positive for a recreational drug banned by Major League Baseball, the second time he has been suspended. After serving his suspension Geltz came has been sporting a 2.38 ERA over 41.2 innings at Durham.
This will be his second stint in the majors, two years ago he played two games for the Los Angeles Angles.
After his suspension Geltz talked to the Buffalo news about his new outlook.
Inside Baseball: Unwanted break gives Geltz new outlook - Sports - The Buffalo News
"So on one hand, it seems pretty ridiculous. I can tell you it’s not a problem of mine. I had some fun in the offseason with a couple buddies and I regret it now totally. It’s a mistake. It lasts longer than you think in your system and my lesson is learned. "I won’t ever do it again. … It’s their policies, their rules if you want to play. Rules are rules. You can’t change them. There’s no use complaining about them. They’re not going to change."
Tampa Bay's next game is today, at 12:40 against the Boston Red Sox.