OAKLAND -- Oakland's 2010 29th-round Draft pick was among six Minor Leaguers suspended for 50 games on Thursday after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, but Zach Hurley has since voiced his opinion on the decision and plans "to go to war over this."
The Ohio State product, 23, was punished for using methylhexaneamine, a substance intended to be used as a nasal decongestant. Hurley, who was playing for short-season Vancouver, told the Dayton Daily News that he took an over-the-counter supplement known as "Jack" as a pre-workout remedy, but insists no banned substances were on the label.
"Basically, this is the most devastating blow I've received in my entire life besides losing my grandfather," Hurley told the Daily News. "I'm going to do whatever I have to do to get this mark off my name. I've lived my whole life doing everything the right way. Now I'm going to have this stigma. It's heartbreaking. I can't believe this is seriously taking place right now."
Hurley plans on filing a formal appeal. The outfielder was batting .271 in 19 games for Vancouver at the time of his suspension.
"I feel like I'm having a dream stripped away from me for no reason," he said. "It really is upsetting."