MLB announced today that former Pirates shortstop prospect JaCoby Jones has been suspended for 50 games following a second positive test for a "drug of abuse". The news may shed some light on the Pirates' decision to trade Jones to the Tigers last July in a deal for reliever Joakim Soria, in the event that his first positive test occurred during his time in the Pirates organization.
In contrast to its handling of positive tests for performance-enhancing drugs, MLB does not release the name of the specific substance involved in positive tests for drugs of abuse. MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program defines drugs as abuse as "any and all drugs or substances included on Schedules I and II of the Code of Federal Regulations' Schedule of Controlled Substances" (available here and here, respectively), with the exception of certain stimulants that are considered performance-enhancing, as well as all of the following regardless of their federal classification: Natural Cannabinoids (e.g., THC, Hashish and Marijuana), Synthetic THC and Cannabimimetics (e.g. K2 and Spice), Cocaine, LSD, Opiates (e.g. Oxycodone, Heroin, Codeine, and Morphine), MDMA (Ecstasy), GHB, and Phencyclidine (PCP).
Jones had been playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League, where he compiled a .280/.333/.400 batting line in 50 at bats, but his suspension will take effect immediately. In the event that he is dealing with some sort of addiction, I am sure we all hope he can get the help he needs, and wish him luck with his recovery.