Righty Hollon handed 50-game suspension

Blue Jays won't use new setup man Floyd in three consecutive games

May 11th, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO -- Blue Jays prospect Clinton Hollon received a 50-game suspension Tuesday afternoon for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Hollon, who was selected in the second round of the 2013 Draft, received his suspension without pay following a second positive test for a drug of abuse. The drug of abuse terminology means he was not suspended for something that is considered a performance-enhancing substance.

The 21-year-old, ranked as the Blue Jays' No. 11 prospect by MLBPipeline.com, had yet to pitch this season because he was still in the process of completing his first suspension. He was originally suspended 22 games last season and the first 28 games of this year but that penalty came to an end Monday night.

Hollon appeared in 12 games last season for Class A Short-Season Vancouver and Class A Lansing. He went 3-3 with a 3.38 ERA while striking out 45 and walking 22 batters in 12 starts. Hollon was expected to begin the year with Lansing but now won't be eligible to return until early July.

Floyd's workload to be monitored

Right-hander Gavin Floyd is the Blue Jays' new eighth-inning reliever but that doesn't mean he will always be available when Toronto finds itself in a tight ballgame. Floyd was not available to pitch Tuesday night after he appeared in back-to-back games.

Floyd had multiple surgeries on his right elbow earlier in his career, and it wasn't until last September that he returned to the big leagues following sporadic use in 2013-14. Floyd tossed a clean eighth inning in Monday's 3-1 victory over the Giants, which marked the first time in his career he pitched on back-to-back days.

Toronto likely will asking Floyd to do a lot more of that this season, but the one thing the club won't do is ask him to pitch on three consecutive days.

"He looked good," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said prior to Tuesday night's game. "With the arm problems he's had, you have to guard him a little bit. You won't see him tonight; we have to keep him fresh. But, yeah, [back-to-backs], that's always a big test."