The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that five Minor League players 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:
- Washington Nationals Minor League pitchers Juan Diaz and Jorge Hernandez have been suspended; Diaz tested positive for metabolites of Nandrolone, while Hernandez tested positive for a metabolite of Boldenone. Both Diaz and Hernandez are members of Washingtonâ€™s Dominican Summer League team.
- Florida Marlins Minor League pitchers Yeims Mendoza and Andy Parra have been suspended; Mendoza tested positive for a metabolite of Boldenone and metabolites of Nandrolone, while Parra tested positive for metabolites of Nandrolone. Both Mendoza and Parra are members of Floridaâ€™s Dominican Summer League team.
- Cleveland Indians Minor League pitcher Luis Morel has been suspended after testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol. Morel is a member of Clevelandâ€™s Arizona League (Rookie) team.
The suspensions of all five players are effective immediately.
With the five players on Friday, there have been now been 15 players suspended for being in violation of the minor league drug policy in just over a well (July 15th).
This year, including the off-season, there have been 54 minor league players suspended a total of 2,750 games for being in violation of the minor league drug policy. Last year, on July 24, approx. the same period of time, there were 44 minor league players that had been suspended for being in violation of the drug policy
See the complete history of drug suspensions in Minor and Major League Baseball
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