By Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com
According to the Venezuelan daily newspaper Lider, Chicago White Sox pitcher Freddy Garcia violated the International Baseball Amateur Federation anti-doping policy when marijuana was found in the pitcher's urine in a test administered during the World Baseball Classic.
The Caracas paper reports sources close to Edwin Zerpa, president of the federation of amateur baseball in Venezuela -- La Federacion Venezolana -- confirm the findings and investigation. White Sox vice president of communications Scott Reifert said, "We have not been informed of any issues concerning any of our players."
Reifert added Major League Baseball has not been contacted regarding the issue.
Lider states the IBAF notified Venezuela's professional baseball league, known as Liga de Béisbol Profesional de Venezuela and the Federacion Venezolana de Beisbol Amateur, of the results earlier this month through Zerpa. Garcia was informed of the findings during Chicago's recent trip to Seattle, the paper says.
According to IBAF rules, a player who violates the anti-doping rule can either accept the findings of the (A) sample or make arrangements within three weeks of notification for the testing of the (B) sample. If (B) sample proves negative, the entire test is considered negative.
Violators of the anti-doping rules can be suspended up to two years from IBAF competition. An IBAF suspension does not affect Major League play.
Garcia is 4-1 with a 5.86 ERA in five starts for the White Sox this season. He went 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA in two starts for Venezuela during the World Baseball Classic.