The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that free agent Minor League pitcher Jonady Nunez, most recently of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, has received a 50-game suspension after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Most recently, Nunez had been a member of the Dodgersâ€™ Dominican Summer League team. The suspension of Nunez will be effective immediately upon signing with another Major League organization.
The latest suspension represents the 62nd under the minor league testing program. There were 66 total suspensions in all of last season. Drug suspensions at the minor league level are for PEDs, as well as for drug of abuse, such as cocaine or marijuana. There have been 9 players suspended for drug of abuse compared to only one last season (free agent Aaron Jackson on May 16) under the minor league program.
According to a league source, adjustments to the minor league testing program are ongoing with the league performing more tests this year (especially in the Dominican Summer League). According to the source the processing of the tests is being done more quickly this year. According to the league, these changes have created the increases over last year based on the calendar. Due to the reporting changes, the league is expected to have far fewer minor league drug suspensions in September than at the same period in 2008. Last season saw 16 total suspensions in September, alone.
It should be noted that the league, while not announcing it, has been making adjustments to the minor league testing program as they see the need. This is different than the major league testing policy which is collectively bargained.
See details of every drug suspension at the major and minor league level dating back to 2005
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