MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Myrtle Beach Pelicans Manager Rocket Wheeler says a language barrier is no excuse when it comes to what you put in your body.
More than a week ago, three players - 1B Gerry Rodriguez, SS Amadeo Zazueda and 2B Yoel Campusano - were suspended 50 games after testing positive for an amphetamine. One word described how the team felt when they learned about the situation.
"Shocked," Wheeler said.
The surprise was magnified because of the character of those involved.
"Great guys, all three of them let me tell you," said Wheeler. "I'd like to have all three of them for my sons, that's what I think of them. Apparently they got caught doing something wrong, unbeknownst to them. They're serving their time and we just move on."
Some questioned whether a language barrier played a role in the players getting in trouble. All three were born outside the U.S., though each spoke at least some English. Wheeler says language can't be an excuse when it comes to banned substances.
"Before they put anything in their body, they should ask, 'Is this OK?'" Wheeler said. "We have our Latin coaches there who are fluent in both languages so they know, there's no misunderstanding. If there's any doubt, you go to them and we'll get the answer for them. If their English is not good enough, we will get the answer for them."