The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that six Minor League players have received suspensions after each tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program:
- Los Angeles Dodgers Minor League outfielder Prentice Redman has been suspended for 100 games after testing positive for an amphetamine. The suspension of Redman, who is with Triple-A Albuquerque of the Pacific Coast League, will be effective upon completion of his current 50-game suspension, which was announced on June 25th.
- Three Milwaukee Brewers Minor League players, all of whom are with the organizationâ€™s Dominican Summer League team, have received 50-game suspensions: third baseman Allixon Cequea and outfielder Erickson Salaya both tested positive for metabolites of Nandrolone, while pitcher Leonard Lorenzo tested positive for a metabolite of Boldenone. The suspensions are effective immediately.
- Detroit Tigers Minor League pitcher Jose Valdez, who is currently on the roster of the clubâ€™s Dominican Summer League team, has been suspended for 50 games after testing positive a metabolite of Boldenone. The suspension is effective immediately.
- Oakland Athletics Minor League pitcher Leudis Benzant, who is currently on the roster of the clubâ€™s Dominican Summer League team, has been suspended for 50 games after testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol. The suspension is effective immediately.
This year, including the off-season, there have been 60 minor league players suspended a total of 3,100 games for being in violation of the minor league drug policy. Last year, on July 26, there were 44 minor league players that had been suspended for being in violation of the drug policy. Over the last week, the league has suspended 16 minor league players for being in violation of the drug policy.
See the complete history of drug suspensions in Minor and Major League Baseball
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