A Dominican-born minor league free agent, who had his contract with the New York Yankees suspended after a DNA test conducted by MLB’s Department of Investigations said he misrepresented his name and age, has now been suspended 50 games for the performance-enhancing substance Stanozolol.
Damian Arredondo, who had his $850,000 contract voided, will be unable to sign with a major league team for a year as part of the falsification of name and age. His 50-game suspension would begin as soon as he was to sign with a major league organization.
Arredondo also has the distinction of representing the 65th player to be suspended as part of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, one shy of the total number of players suspended at the minor league level last season through Dec. 22nd. A league spokesman has said that the reason that there are more suspensions earlier in the year is due to increased drug testing in the minors (especially in the Dominican Summer League), and quicker processing of test results. There are also 9 players that have been suspended for drugs of abuse, such as marijuana and cocaine, compared to only one in 2008, thus giving this season 54 players suspended for PEDs compared to 65 in ’08.
The highest number of players suspended under the minor league drug testing program is 87 in 2005. On one day alone (March 4, 2005) 38 minor league players were suspended after testing positive for performance-enhancing substances. The positive results were announced after 925 tests of players on the 12 major league teams that hold spring training in Arizona and included one offseason result. Thirty-seven players tested positive for the first time and received an unpaid, 15-game suspension, and one player, David Castillo, a catcher with the Oakland A's, tested positive for the third time and was given an unpaid suspension of 60 games.
See details on every drug suspension at the major and minor league levels in baseball from 2005 to the present
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