2 Braves mi­nor lea­guers sus­pended for drugs

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

NEW YORK (AP) — Two mi­nor league pitch­ers in the At­lanta Braves' or­ga­ni­za­tion have each been sus­pended for 72 games af­ter pos­i­tive drug tests.

The com­mis­sioner's of­fice an­nounced the penal­ties Wed­nes­day against the pitch­ers in the Do­mini­can Summer League.

Right-han­der Vic­tor Joaquin tested pos­i­tive for a me­tab­o­lite of Nan­drolone. Right-handed pitcher Al­varo Sil­vestre tested pos­i­tive for a me­tab­o­lite of Bolde­none.

The new rules of the mi­nor league drug pro­gram for short-sea­son leagues say the penalty for a first vi­o­la­tion is ei­ther 80 games or the to­tal num­ber of reg­u­lar-sea­son games, which­ever is shorter. The Do­mini­can Summer League plays a 72-game sched­ule.

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