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Saturday, December 21, 2019

Four minor leagues suspended after positive drug tests

NEW YORK (AP) — Pittsburgh pitcher Andy Maldonado and free agent pitcher Daniel De Leon were each suspended for 72 games under baseball’s minor league drug program on Friday following positive tests for the anabolic steroid Stanozolol.

Boston catcher Elih Marrero and free agent pitcher Cole Watts were each suspended for 50 games following positive tests for Amphetamine, a banned stimulant.

Maldonado, a 17-year-old right-hander, was 0-3 with an 8.62 ERA in 12 starts last season for Pirates1 of the rookie level Dominican Summer League.

DeLeon, an 18-year-old right-hander, was released by Texas in October after going 3-1 with a 6.81 ERA in 15 relief appearances during his second season with the DSL’s Rangers2.


QLE Posted: December 21, 2019 at 01:15 AM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. bbmck Posted: December 21, 2019 at 03:05 AM (#5910262)
That's one way to contract MiLB, suspend 4 levels for failed tests.
   2. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: December 21, 2019 at 06:25 AM (#5910265)
De Leon is likely toast, but remind me what happens with a free agent banned for a certain number of games. It's basically a one year ban, and then he can sign with whoever, right?

72 games is a slightly odd way to put it; most DSL teams played 70 or 71 games in 2019. So I guess if the Pirates retain Maldonado he misses 2020 and a game or two in 2021.
   3. base ball chick Posted: December 21, 2019 at 12:36 PM (#5910292)
i thought that using roids turned players into barry lamar bonds and roger clemens
- must have used bad stuff
   4. Rough Carrigan Posted: December 21, 2019 at 08:59 PM (#5910362)
So Marrero and Watts were suspended for using what Pete Rose and Henry Aaron used. Okay.

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