29th December 2015

Four Minor League Baseball players suspended

Four Minor League Baseball (MiLB) players have been sanctioned with bans totalling over 250 games after testing positive for substances prohibited under the MiLB Drug Prevention and Treatment Programme. Clario Perez of Pittsburgh Pirates tested positive for metabolites of stanozolol, according to a report on MiLB’s internet site, and has been suspended for 80 games. Baltimore Orioles’ Will Dennis tested positive for methylenedioxyamphetamine, understood to be a recreational amphetamine-based drug, and has been banned for 50 games. New York Mets’ Jose Martinez has been suspended for 60 games after testing positive for stanozolol, and Minnesota Twins’ Kerby Camacho has been suspended for 60 games after testing positive for nandrolone.

Earlier this month, the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball suspended three MiLB players for doping offences. Conor Bachmann of New York Mets was issued with a 50-game suspension after testing positive for amphetamine, and San Francisco Giants’ Robert Antunez was issued with a 72-game suspension after testing positive for a metabolite of nandrolone. Free agent Ely Echarry was given a 50-game suspension for refusing a drug test, applicable when he signs a new contract. It is understood that nine MiLB players have been suspended for doping rule violations during December alone.

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