Yesterday, one of the first players of 2011 to be suspended for PEDs in baseball was announced by Major League Baseball. The reason you may not have heard is that it was a minor league player.
It was announced that Washington Nationals Minor League catcher Adrian Nieto has received a 50-game suspension after testing positive for Oxandrolone and metabolite, a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
The suspension of Nieto, who is currently on the roster of Single-A Hagerstown of the South Atlantic League, will be effective at the start of the 2011 season.
But, Nieto wasn’t the first this year. There have been 3 other minor league players that have been suspended in the off-season.
Last year there were 86 minor league players and two suspended under MLB’s drug policy (Edinson Volquez of the Reds, and Ronny Paulino of the Marlins).
As we have done since 2005, we are tracking every player suspended for being in violation of both the Major League and Minor League drug policies.
(See the All-Time MLB and Minor League Drug Suspensions Tracker)
As of 2011, we have broken out by the data by date; player; position; substance; MLB affiliated organization; whether the player was in the Dominican Summer League, Venezuelan Summer League, or playing for a North American minor league club, and; the number of games served in the suspension.
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