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59% of Minor League PED Suspensions From Latin Summer Leagues PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maury Brown   
Friday, 31 July 2009 07:59

PEDs in BaseballLate Weds., the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced that two Minor League players from the Detroit Tigers organization, pitchers Carlos Alvarado and Frank Penalver, were suspended after each tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Alvarado tested positive for a metabolite of Nandrolone, while Penalver tested positive for a metabolite of Boldenone.

Both players are members of the organization’s Venezuelan Summer League team, and their suspensions became effective immediately.

Alvarado and Penalver are part of 26 players from either the Venezuelan or Dominican Summer Leagues, now accounting for 59 percent of all players suspended under the minor league drug testing policy. By comparison, only 14 players had been suspended under the minor league drug testing policy at the same point in 2008.

(See details on every player suspended at the major and minor league level for PEDs)

Of the 26 players that have been suspended from the Venezuelan or Dominican Summer Leagues, the vast majority of them have been from the DSL. Nineteen players, or 73 percent of Summer League PED suspensions have come out of the Dominican Summer League.

As a side note to the suspensions… One reason the suspensions have not garnered as much press as they might is due to when the Commissioner’s Office is making the suspensions known. All the DSL/VSL suspension press releases have all been sent out at approx. 5pm ET, a point in the day when the news cycle for a given day is nearly over.

Below are all the players that to date, have been suspended in the Venezuelan or Dominican Summer Leagues:

# Date
Player Name
1 2/03/09
* Pascual Arias
Stanozolol Marlins 50 gms
6/19/09 **Franklin Alcala Nandrolone
50 gms
6/19/09 **Carlos Orasma Nandrolone
50 gms
** Jose Hernandez
6/23/09 ** Dail Villanueva
Nandrolone Cardinals
50 gms
** Johan Romero
Stanozolol Mets
50 gms
7 7/16/09 * Alexis Juma Boldenone Athletics 50 gms
8 7/16/09 * Renedin Mesa Boldenone Angels 50 gms
9 7/16/09 * Alex Nolasco Boldenone Athletics 50 gms
10 7/16/09 * Joan Pascual Stanozolol Phillies 50 gms
11 7/16/09 * Jose Trinidad Stanozolol Philles 50 gms
12 7/17/09 * Billis Andujar Stanozolol Tigers 50 gms
13 7/17/09 * Jose Encarnacion Stanozolol Tigers 50 gms
14 7/17/09 * Carlos Rosario Boldenone White Sox 50 gms
15 7/17/09 * Aristedes Santos Boldenone Royals 50 gms
16 7/17/09 * Jorge Serra Stanozolol Blue Jays 50 gms
17 7/22/09 * Orlando Caraballo Boldenone Rangers 50 gms
18 7/22/09 * ∫ Miguel Munoz Boldenone Rangers 100 gms
19 7/24/09 * Alvaro Aristy Nandrolone Padres 50 gms
20 7/24/09 * Jose Batista Stanozolol D-Backs 50 gms
21 7/24/09 * Francis Moreta Stanozolol Yankees 50 gms
22 7/24/09 * Felix Ramirez Boldenone Astros 50 gms
23 7/24/09 * Ramon Reyes Boldenone Cubs 50 gms
24 7/24/09 * Derlin Soriano Stanozolol Mets 50 gms
25 7/29/09 ** Carlos Alvarado Nandrolone Tigers 50 gms
26 7/29/09 ** Frank Penalver Boldenone Tigers 50 gms

Source: Major League Baseball

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