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OSUs Ben Wetzler suspended indefinitely

Hes under investigation by the NCAA


Oregon State University began its baseball last weekend, playing in a tournament in Tempe, Ariz., without two key players -— pitcher Ben Wetzler and catcher Nate Esposito, who are both suspended indefinitely.

Wetzler, a senior left-hander from Clackamas High, is under NCAA investigation for inappropriate use of a financial advisor in dealing with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Esposito, a junior expected to battle freshman Logan Ice for the starting catching job this season, is suspended for a violation of team rules.

Philadelphia chose Wetzler -— a first-team all-Pac-12 selection as a junior -— in the fifth round of the major league draft last June. Wetzler turned down a bonus believed to be about $400,000 to return to Oregon State for his senior season.

Michael Glazier -— the attorney who worked on behalf of the University of Oregon in the Willie Lyles football case -— has been retained to represent Wetzler, who was 10-1 with a 2.25 ERA a year ago and a key figure on the Beavers’ run to the Pac-12 championship and College World Series.

The NCAA is still in the fact-finding phase of its investigation of Wetzler. One source said Oregon State, which has been working on the case since November, will self-impose a penalty of 10 percent of the season. The NCAA is expected to propose a loss of at least 50 percent of the season.



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