SAD NEWS: Diamondbacks’ With Major Setback With the Departure Another Key Player…

Andrew Saalfrank, a reliever for the Diamondbacks, has received a one-year suspension for betting on baseball. According to Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal, Saalfrank is among several players suspended by Major League Baseball for gambling violations.

Saalfrank reportedly placed 29 bets totaling $445.87, with 28 of those bets on MLB games, while he was playing for the Reno Aces in Triple-A. Although he did not bet on games in which he participated, MLB’s betting rules led to his suspension.

The 26-year-old made his major league debut last September, impressing with just two earned runs in 10.2 innings out of the bullpen. He also pitched 2.1 shutout innings in three World Series appearances during his rookie season.

This season, however, has been challenging for Saalfrank. After failing to make the Opening Day roster, he was called up in late April but was quickly sent back down after a poor performance against the Dodgers on April 29th, where he allowed four earned runs and secured only one out. His last game for the Reno Aces was on June 1st.

In addition to Saalfrank, MLB recently suspended several other players for gambling. Padres infielder Tucupita Marcano received a lifetime ban for betting on Pirates’ games while with the team last season. A’s pitcher Michael Kelly, Padres pitcher Jay Groome, and Phillies infielder Jose Rodriguez were each handed one-year suspensions.

Stay tuned for further updates.

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