Juan Salas

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Juan Salas
Relief pitcher
Born: (1978-11-17) November 17, 1978 (age 38)
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
September 5, 2006, for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays
MLB statistics
(through 2008)
Win-Loss 1-1
Earned run average 4.44
Strikeouts 42
Teams

Juan Salas (born November 17, 1978 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) is a professional baseball relief pitcher. Salas signed with Tampa Bay on July 8, 1998, as an amateur free agent, and made his Major League debut September 5, 2006.

Salas is notable for being converted from playing third base to pitching while in the Devil Rays' minor league system. Salas became a pitcher in the 2004 season and had a 1-0 record and 4.82 ERA for the Rookie-Level Princeton Devil Rays. He split the 2005 season between the High-A Visalia Oaks and the Double-A Montgomery Biscuits.

The 2006 season was the breakout year in Salas' minor-league career; he gave up no earned runs in 23 games for Montgomery, earned 14 saves, and struck out 52 batters in 3423 innings. This earned him an appearance in the 2006 All-Star Futures Game for the World Team. He was called up to the Triple-A Durham Bulls, with whom he went 1-1 with a 1.57 ERA and three saves in 27 games, striking out 33 batters in 2823 innings. The Devil Rays then called him up to help out their bullpen; he made eight appearances with Tampa Bay in the 2006 season and won a roster spot out of spring training with the Devil Rays in 2007. In 2007, he went 1-1 with a 3.95 ERA in 12 games and was suspended in May for 50 games for using performance-enhancing drugs.[2][3] To take his place on the roster, the Devil Rays recalled Tim Corcoran from Durham.

Salas started the 2008 season on the restricted list due to problems obtaining a visa to come to the United States. He missed spring training and did not arrive in the United States until April 17, 2008, several weeks after the 2008 MLB season started. He reported to the Triple-A Durham Bulls for a rehab assignment beginning May 9.[4]

On February 12, 2009, Salas was designated for assignment. He was traded to the Cleveland Indians on February 19, 2009 for minor league infielder Isaias Valasquez. He was released on May 6.

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  1. ^ Formally the Tampa Bay Devil Rays through the 2007 season.
  2. ^ "Dominican ball players rate high in steroids use". Dominican Today. Retrieved 2007-07-20. 
  3. ^ "Reliever Salas suspended 50 games for failed drug test". Associated Press. 2007-05-07. Retrieved 2007-07-20. 
  4. ^ Lancaster, Marc. "Tampa Bay Online". Pitchers do job at plate, too. Retrieved 17 May 2008. 

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