=== Far from Minor: 38 players suspended ===
New York, NY (Sports Network) - MLB announced that 38 minor league players
were suspended for violating "Major League Baseball's Minor League Drug
Prevention and Treatment Program" against performance-enhancing substances
(steroids and steroid precursors).
The suspensions are effective with the first game of the season. Eight members
of the Seattle Mariners' organization, including Damian Moss and Ryan
Christianson, and seven players from the Cubs' organization were among the
Oakland's David Castillo received a 60-game suspension for violating the
policy for a third time, while all other players were issued 15-game
suspensions for a first-time offense.
The results stemmed from 925 tests that were conducted at the minor league
camps in Arizona during spring training and includes one positive test from
Also suspended for 15 games were Elvis Avendano (Oakland), Lizahio Baez
(Texas), Oscar Bernard (Cubs), David Cash (Cubs), Troy Cate (Seattle),
Robinson Chirinos (Cubs), William Collazo (Angels), Francisco Cordova
(Angels), Renee Cortez (Seattle), Matthew Craig (Cubs), Jason Diangelo
(Colorado), Jose Espinal (White Sox), Omar Falcon (Seattle), Paul Frisella
(St. Louis), Jesus Guzman (Seattle), Justin Hatcher (Texas), Javier Herrera
(Oakland), William Hogan (Seattle), Kervin Jacobo (San Diego), Ryan Leahy
(Angels), Baltazar Lopez (Angels), Luis Perez (Oakland), Nathan Sevier (San
Diego), Carlos Vazquez (Cubs) and Neil Wilson (Colorado).
Ten of the players suspended were released and include Willy Espinal (Texas),
Alexander Francisco (Angels), Clay Hensley (San Diego), Robert Machado
(Texas), Jesus Medrano (Cubs), Jacobo Meque (San Diego), Kevin Reinking
(Cubs), Christopher Russ (Texas), Mayobanex Santana (Oakland) and Darwin Soto
On Sunday, Tampa Bay outfielder Alex Sanchez became the first major league
player to be hit with a suspension under baseball's new drug policy. Major
League Baseball released a statement saying that Sanchez was suspended for 10
days, effective April 4, for violating the league's Joint Drug Prevention and
Treatment Program. However, the league did not release what drug Sanchez was
suspended for using.
04/05 11:20:18 ET