With three minor league players on Thursday, baseball – including both Major and Minor League – has now had 86 (84 minor, and 2 major) drug suspensions in 2010, surpassing last year’s total of 84. The number of suspensions are the largest since 2005 when there were 99.
The drug suspension total for 2010 is a 27 percent increase from 2008 when there were 66 total drug suspensions.
(See a complete history of drug suspensions in Major and Minor League Baseball)
The increase can be attributed to more comprehensive testing, an increase in the number of tests, the addition of publishing suspensions of players from the Dominican and Venezuelan Summer Leagues and a continued desperation of young players that play in those leagues Players in the DSL and VSL have comprised the majority of PED suspensions over the last 2 years.
The three Minor League players have that received 50-game suspensions after each tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program yesterday, are:
- St. Louis Cardinals Minor League shortstop Lainer Bueno, a member of the club’s Venezuelan Summer League roster, tested positive for Clenbuterol.
- Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Minor League outfielder Reynaldo Ruiz, a member of the club’s Dominican Summer League team, tested positive for a metabolite of Boldenone.
- Baltimore Orioles Minor League shortstop Alfredo Zambrano, a member of the club’s Dominican Summer League team, tested positive for metabolites of Nandrolone.
The suspensions of the three players are effective at the start of next season.
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