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Written by Maury Brown   
Saturday, 05 December 2009 00:34

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that four Minor League players have received 50-game suspensions after each violated the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

• Pitcher Jefferson Segundo of the St. Louis Cardinals organization (Dominican Summer League) has been suspended for testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance. The suspension will be effective at the start of next season.

• Pitcher Joel Tamares of the Florida Marlins organization (Dominican Summer League) has been suspended for testing positive for Boldenone, a performance-enhancing substance. The suspension will be effective at the start of next season.

• Free agent catcher Matt Tupman, most recently a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks organization (Double-A Mobile of the Southern League), has been suspended for a second positive test for a drug of abuse. The suspension will be effective immediately upon signing with a Major League organization.

• Pitcher Daniel Vasquez of the D-backs organization (Double-A Mobile of the Southern League) has been suspended for testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance. The suspension will be effective at the start of next season.

To date, there have been 79 minor league drug suspensions, eight shy of the all-time record for most suspensions in a year (87) in 2005, the first year that minor league testing was fully in place. Last year there were a total of 66 drug suspensions at the minor league level. This year sees 10 players suspended for "drug of abuse" compared to only one last year. With the drug of abuse suspensions removed from the total, there have been 69 PED suspensions compared to 65 last season.

The total number of games served under suspension for drug related violations totals 4,100 games. All but three suspensions have been for 50 games. Justin Mallett, Jeremy Jeffress, and Miguel Munoz were suspended 100 games for being in violation of the minor league drug policy for a second time.

See a complete history of drug suspensions in Major League and Minor League Baseball


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