Late on Friday, the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced that three Minor League players have received 50-game suspensions after each tested positive for substances in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program:
- Pitcher Rony Bautista of the New York Yankees organization (Dominican Summer League) has been suspended after testing positive for a metabolite of Boldenone.
- Pitcher Roberto Toribio of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim organization (Dominican Summer League) has been suspended after testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol.
- Outfielder Miguel Negron of the Chicago White Sox organization (Triple-A Charlotte of the International League) has been suspended for a second positive test for a drug of abuse.
While the announcement was made in 2010, according to a league source, all three players tested positive as part of the 2009 season. The suspensions of all three will be effective at the start of the upcoming 2010 season.
Based upon information currently available, the total count of minor league suspensions that occurred in 2009 is 85, which would tie the 2005 all-time record for minor league drug suspensions. However, at least four of those suspensions were announced in January of '09, and may actually be part of suspensions that occurred at the end of 2008.
In related news, the league source also reports that the suspensions of Sergio Mitre and J.C. Romero that were announced on 1/6/09 were non off-season positives for that year, but rather part of 2008's suspensions. Our historical tracker for drug suspensions has now been updated to reflect this.
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