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Not long after he failed a drug test that forced Major League Baseball to suspend him for the first 50 games of the 2013 season, Astros top prospect Jonathan Singleton had a heart-to-heart talk with manager Bo Porter about responsibility and the road ahead.
Singleton, ranked by MLB.com as the top prospect in the Astros organization, issued a statement following his Jan. 9 suspension apologizing to the team while admitting he tested positive for marijuana. It was his second failed test.
“I just explained to him, I said, ‘Listen, your life is at a crossroads. No one can sit here and say they’ve never made mistakes, but now your next move will go a long way in determining how you’re going to rectify this mistake,’” Porter said.
Porter said Singleton was apologetic in person, as well. He will have to sit out the first 50 games of the season, but can participate in Spring Training.
“I wanted him to know the whole organization is behind him rectifying this mistake and moving on in his baseball career,” Porter said. “I said, ‘Jonathan, this is not about Jonathan Singleton, the ball player. This is about Jonathan Singleton, the man.’ Because if we get the man right, we’re going to get the baseball player. But if we don’t get the man right, we’re never going to get the baseball player. I explained to him, ‘Now the ball is in your court, and it’s time for you to do your part.’”
Jeff Luhnow’s statement on suspension of prospect Jonathan Singleton for 50 games:
“We learned today that Jonathan Singleton has tested positive for a drug of abuse and has been suspended 50 games as a result. We are disappointed in the decisions that Jonathan made leading up to this positive test. Jonathan has expressed regret for his decision and we expect will take the necessary steps to ensure this doesn’t happen again. He has owned up to his actions and that is a necessary first step. The Astros will support Jonathan through this difficult time and we hope this example will prevent other athletes from making similar decisions.”
Astros center fielder Jordan Schafer, who was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop following last season, apologized publicly for the first time Monday shortly after arriving at camp.
Schafer, traded to the Astros from the Braves last July, is currently in a court-mandated pretrial intervention program in Florida that will clear his record if he successfully completes it.
“It was a bad situation,” Schafer said. “First of all, I want to apologize to the Astros and say I’m sorry for the inconvenience they went through and I’m sorry to the fans. I got caught up in a bad situation and hopefully I’ve learned from my mistake and moved on and become a better person for it, and hopefully we don’t have any more instances like that. Hopefully I can be a good role model and learn from this.”
Schafer said he’s thankful of how supportive Astros management has been during his ordeal.
“They’ve stood behind me, which I really appreciate,” he said. “I put them in a bad spot and I’m going through everything as far as the process they want me to do. I’m in a program and taking tests and stuff and doing whatever they ask me to do. I’m extremely appreciative of the Astros for standing behind me, and the fans and my family for being there.”
Schafer reported to camp at 204 pounds after putting on about 15-20 pounds this winter working with Orlando-based trainer Tom Shaw.
“I’m ready to get in here and get going and put everything that’s happened behind me,” he said.