The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that four Minor League players have been suspended following their violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Washington Nationals Minor League outfielder J.R. Higley and shortstop Steven Souza have each received a 50-game suspension after testing positive for Methylphenidate and Ritalinic Acid, performanceenhancing substances in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The suspensions of Higley and Souza, who are currently on the roster of the clubâs Single-A Hagerstown Suns, are effective immediately.
Free agent outfielder Joshua Flores has been suspended 50 games after a second positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Free agent shortstop Manuel Marquez has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for metabolites of Nandrolone, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The suspensions of Flores and Marquez are effective upon their signing with a Major League organization.
This year, including the off-season, there have been 43 minor league players suspended a total of 2,250 games for being in violation of the minor league drug policy.
See the complete history of drug suspensions in Minor and Major League Baseball
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