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Written by Maury Brown   
Monday, 25 August 2008 23:12

PEDs in BaseballThe Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced Monday that five Minor League players have received 50-game suspensions after each tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

  • Minor League shortstop Rafael Aybar of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization (Dominican Summer League) has been suspended after testing positive for a metabolite of Boldenone.
  • Minor League pitcher Alfredo Buret of the Florida Marlins organization (Dominican Summer League) has been suspended after testing positive for a metabolite of Boldenone.
  • Minor League catcher Juan Castillo of the St. Louis Cardinals organization (Gulf Coast League Cardinals, Rookie) has been suspended after testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol.
  • Minor League pitcher Julio Sanchez of the Baltimore Orioles organization (Dominican Summer League) has been suspended after testing positive for a metabolite of Boldenone.
  • Minor League outfielder Eliel Sierra of the Minnesota Twins organization (Dominican Summer League) has been suspended after testing positive for a metabolite of Boldenone.

The suspensions of all five players are effective immediately.

This year, 23 of the 33 players suspended at the minor league level have come from the Dominican Summer League. The DSL suspensions have all taken place since the end of the All-Star break.

1,650 games have been served under suspension Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program in 2008. Here is a complete accounting of the suspensions under that drug program for 2008. (see the complete historical record of drug suspensions in Major and Minor League baseball).

#
Date 
Player Name
Substance
Club
Length
1
1/10/08
± Jacob Rodriguez
Failure to Test
Royals
50 gms
2
2/20/08
* Scott Vander Weg
PEDs
Cardinals
50 gms
3
4/3/08
§ Robert Hernandez
PEDs
Cubs
50 gms
4
4/8/08
# Jordan Schafer
HGH
Braves
50 gms
5
4/25/08
ß Jonathan Jaspe
PEDs
Blue Jays
50 gms
6
5/1/08
Ω Angel Reyes
Stanozolol Metabolites
Yankees
50 gms
7
5/16/08
¤ Aaron Jackson
Substance of Abuse
Free Agent
50 gms
8
7/25/08
** Roman Carrasco
Nandrolone
Pirates
50 gms
9
7/25/08
** Luis Figuera
Stanozolol
Pirates
50 gms
10
7/26/08
** Jonathan Quinonez
Nandrolone
Rays
50 gms
11
7/26/08
** Yeiger Sanchez
Nandrolone
Mets
50 gms
12
7/29/08
** Braulin Beltre
Boldenone
Cardinals
50 gms
13
7/29/08
** Andres Beras
Boldenone
Cardinals
50 gms
14
7/29/08
** Yedilson Pena
Boldenone
Cardinals
50 gms
15
7/30/08
◊ Thomas Mendoza
Amphetamine
Angels
50 gms
16
7/31/08
** Francoris Pineda
Stanozolol
Cubs
50 gms
17
8/1/08
** Renny Amador
Stanozolol
Reds
50 gms
18
8/1/08
** Bernardino Jimenez
Boldenone
D-Backs
50 gms
19
8/2/08
** Daniel Gil
Boldenone
Marlins
50 gms
20
8/4/08
** Cesar Guillen
Ephedrine
Rays
50 gms
21
8/4/08
** Victor Henriquez
Stanozolol
Rays
50 gms
22
8/7/08
** Victor De La Cruz
Stanozolol
Red Sox
50 gms
23
8/8/08
** Leandro Geremy
Nandrolone
Mets
50 gms
24
8/8/08
** Jose Valentin
Boldenone
Mets
50 gms
25
8/11/08
** Cesar Colmenares
Nandrolone
Reds
50 gms
26
8/11/08
** Elvin Silvestre
Boldenone
Reds
50 gms
27
8/11/08
** Jonathan Correa
Boldenone
Reds
50 gms
28
8/21/08
  ∏ Jorge Sosa
Amphetamine
Mariners
50 gms
29
8/25/08
** Rafael Aybar
Boldenone
Dodgers
50 gms
30
8/25/08
** Alfredo Buret
Boldenone
Marlins
50 gms
31
8/25/08
  ∩ Juan Castillo
Stanozolol
Cardinals
50 gms
32
8/25/08
** Julio Sanchez
Boldenone
Orioles
50 gms
33
8/25/08
** Eliel Sierra
Boldenone
Twins
50 gms

 ± Rodriguez' suspension will start at the beginning of the 2008 season. Last season, Rodriguez played for the Surprise Royals of the Arizona Rookie League.

* Vander Weg's suspension will start at the beginning of the 2008 season. Last season, Vander Weg pitched for Single-A Palm Beach of the Florida State League.

§ Hernandez tested positive for stanozolol.

# Schafer becomes the first player in history to be suspended for current use of hGH by way of non-analytics. At the time of the violation, Schafer was with Double-A Mississippi of the Southern League.

ß Jaspe tested positive for nandrolone metabolites. He was with Single-A Lansing of the Midwest League at the time of the suspension.

Ω The suspension of Reyes was effective at the start of the season for the Single-A Staten Island Yankees of the New York-Penn League.

¤ Jackson was a free agent at the time of the positive test. He will start serving his suspension if signed to another team. In 2007, Jackson pitched in the Washington Nationals organization for Single-A Hagerstown of the South Atlantic League.

∏ Sosa, a former major league player, started the season with the Mets before being DFA on May 13. He signed a minor league contract with the Mariners in July of '08.

∩ Was playing for the Cardinals' Gulf Coast Rookie league.

** All Players part of their respective club's Dominican Summer League Team.

Source: Major League Baseball, Business of Sports Network research


Maury Brown

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