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Eric Peterson, Published June 03 2013

Hawks sign recently suspended infielder

FARGO – The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks have signed a player who was recently suspended 50 games for violating the minor league baseball drug prevention and treatment program.

The RedHawks added infielder C.J. Retherford to their roster Monday. Retherford was playing in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization before his recent release. He tested positive for an amphetamine and that led to his suspension.

Retherford said Monday that he tested positive for Adderall, which is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Retherford said he took the drug to help with his focus, but didn’t have a therapeutic use exemption, which would have made it OK for him to use the drug.

“Now I’m going to go to the doctor and get it checked out and see what happens,” said Retherford, who hasn’t been diagnosed with ADHD. “If it turns out that I need it, now it doesn’t look so bad.”

Retherford played with the RedHawks in 2011, batting .339 with 24 doubles, four home runs and 37 RBIs in 56 games.

“We’re not going to jump into the situation with him,” RedHawks manager Doug Simunic said of the suspension. “We will let that be what it is.”

Retherford was the designated hitter and batted sixth for the RedHawks on Monday against the Lincoln Saltdogs. Retherford was playing for the Chattanooga Lookouts of the Double-A Southern League before he was released late last week. He batted .219 with 11 doubles, two triples, four home runs and 26 RBIs in 47 games with the Lookouts.

“He will add slashing power and the ability to play a few positions,” Simunic said. “We need the bat. … He likes to play. As long as he likes to play, we’re going to give him a chance to play.”

Retherford said he decided to return to the RedHawks because of his comfort level with the organization.

“If I wanted to go the independent ball route, there is no better place to go than here,” Retherford said. “The staff here is amazing. They treat you the right way. It’s almost like a homecoming.”

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