Orrs Island’s Rogers suspended by MLB for stimulant

Posted Aug. 19, 2011, at 7:44 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 19, 2011, at 8:24 p.m.

NEW YORK — Mark Rogers of Orrs Island, who pitches in the Milwaukee Brewers organization, has been suspended 25 games after a second positive test for a banned stimulant.

The 25-year-old righthander was suspended Friday for a violation of the Major League Baseball drug program.

Rogers, a standout pitcher at Mount Ararat High School in Topsham, was Milwaukee’s first-round draft pick in 2004. He made his big league debut last season and had a 1.80 ERA in four games.

Rogers, who has experienced some shoulder issues again this season, has played at three levels of the minors this year and was a combined 0-5 with a 9.34 ERA. He was at Class A Brevard County and on Milwaukee’s 40-man roster when the suspension was announced.

The Brewers issued a statement saying they support MLB’s drug policies and their enforcement.

Rogers has battled injuries since signing with the Brewers as the fifth overall pick in the 2004 draft. He has undergone two shoulder surgeries and has missed two full seasons (2007, 2008) as a result.

Rogers was placed Tuesday on the minor-league disabled list and, according to published reports, is likely to need surgery to correct carpal tunnel syndrome in his right wrist.

Last year, before being called up to the big leagues, he made 25 starts in the minors, posting a 3.65 ERA while holding opponents to a .209 batting average.

This spring, the 6-foot-2, 226-pounder was named the top prospect in the Milwaukee organization by MLB.com, which pointed out he had been having shoulder stiffness.

Rogers dominated during his high school career, playing for his father Craig at Mount Ararat. As a senior, he went 9-1 with 164 strikeouts in 67 1/3 innings to help the Eagles win their second straight Western Maine Class A championship.

In 2004, he was presented with the Dr. John Winkin Award, symbolic of Maine’s Mr. Baseball. He went on to be recognized as the Gatorade National High School Player of the Year.

Rogers was drafted ahead of the likes of Anaheim’s Jered Weaver who, by comparison, is 14-6 with a 2.10 ERA for the Angels this season.

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