The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced late Thursday that two Minor League players from the Chicago Cubs organization, pitcher Ericdervid Martinez and outfielder Gregorio Robles, 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. Martinez tested positive for metabolites of Stanozolol, while Robles tested positive for metabolites of Boldenone and Clomiphene.
The suspensions of both players, who are members of the organizationâ€™s Dominican Summer League team, are effective immediately.
(See the complete history of drug suspensions in major and minor league baseball)
With the addition of the two Cubs players, drug suspensions as part of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program totals an even 50. At the point of yesterdayâ€™s suspension there were a total of 30 suspensions over the same period last season.
Martinezâ€™ suspension for Clomiphene could possibly be a first. Players suspended under MLBâ€™s drug policy are only announced as â€śPEDsâ€ť while minor league suspensions announce the violating substance. Clomiphene has never been associated to any of the minor league drug suspensions to date. Clomiphene is used as a â€śkick starterâ€ť which implies that Martinez was tested just after a steroid (Boldenone) cycle.
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