Late yesterday, the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced that Washington Nationals Minor League pitcher Stephen Englund has received a 50-game suspension after testing positive for an amphetamine, a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
The suspension of Englund is effective immediately. Englund is currently a member of the organizationâ€™s Gulf Coast League (Rookie) club.
Three of the four last minor league suspensions have been to players in the Nationals system, all of them for amphetamine.
To date, there have been 48 drug related suspensions, with the majority of them for PEDs (six have been for "drug of abuse"). The 48 suspensions this year compare to 30 at the same tme last season.
See the complete history of drug suspensions in major and minor league baseball
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