Major League Baseball and the players union Monday agreed to drop the 100-game suspension imposed on Colorado Rockies catcher Eliezer Alfonzo for a positive drug test, because of the same procedural issues that came up in the Ryan Braun case.

Alfonzo missed 48 games - the final 15 of last season and the first 33 of this year.

Braun's 50-game suspension for a positive drug test was overturned in February by arbitrator Shyam Das after Braun's lawyers argued his urine sample was not handled in the manner specified by baseball's drug agreement.

The commissioner's office said Alfonzo's suspension had been dropped "by mutual agreement of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association."

"Alfonzo's grievance challenging his suspension raised issues that were nearly identical to those resolved in the arbitration involving Ryan Braun," MLB said. "It is not anticipated that any other future cases will be impacted by the circumstances raised in the grievances of these two players."

Das, baseball's arbitrator since 1999, was told last week by management that he is being terminated. He remains an NFL arbitrator and is to hear the NFL players union grievance against the league in the Saints bounties case.

Alfonzo also was suspended for 50 games in April 2008 while a member of the San Francisco Giants.


Josh Hamilton became the 16th major-leaguer with a four-homer game last Tuesday. To put that into perspective, there have been 21 perfect games.

The Yankees' Derek Jeter singled in the third inning at Baltimore on Monday night to pass Robin Yount for 16th place on the all-time hits list with 3,143.

Seattle's Kevin Millwood fanned Curtis Granderson leading off the fourth on Sunday for his 2,000th career strikeout.

Music lover

The Rangers' public address system played "Hit the Road, Jack" when Jered Weaver left the game on Sunday, and the Angels' pitcher liked it so much he sang along.


Yankees lefthander Andy Pettitte, on his first game since 2010:

"I just cannot believe how comfortable this is for me," Pettitte said. "I don't know how to explain it."

This article contains information from the Associated Press.