MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Myrtle Beach Pelicans first baseman Gerry Rodriguez is back with his team. After a 50 game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance, Rodriguez returned Monday.
Up until today, neither the Braves nor the MLB said, specifically, what Rodriguez took to test positive. He says it was something you'd find in many medicine cabinets.
"It was Tylenol PM," said Rodriguez. "Right after I got the news I got positive, I was so sad because I know I do nothing bad. I wasn't thinking...I just took it and got positive."
Rodriguez spent his two months of suspension back home in the Dominican Republic. He practiced every day with hopes he would get a chance to return to the Pelicans. When he finally found out he would be invited back, he was elated.
"I got that news...I got so happy," said Rodriguez. "My mom got happy, too."
Now that he's back, Rodriguez says he'll be more careful with all his actions. He also knows he's fortunate to get another chance.
"I feel lucky, I feel lucky," said Rodriguez. "I was talking to some fans, they were telling me, 'you'll be back, you'll be back, you'll be back'…and I'm here."
Rodriguez did not appear in Monday night's Pelicans game. Pelicans manager Rocket Wheeler says he's going to wait until Gerry gets his legs under him.