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Sunday, August 14, 2022

Slugger Dietrich suspended 50 games for provoking

NEW YORK ( Associated Press) — Former major league slugger Derek Dietrich has been suspended 50 games for testing positive for a provocateur.

Dietrich, 33, is part of the roster of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre branch of the Triple-A New York Yankees. He last played in the Major with Texas in 2020.

Dietrich’s suspension was one of five announced Friday by the commissioner’s office. In Dietrich’s case, the player violated a minor league drug prevention and treatment program.

Pitcher Ivan Gonzalez, who plays for Toronto in the Dominican Summer League, was suspended for 60 games without pay after being found to have stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance.

Cuban outfielder Karel Paz and Dominican pitcher Alvin Valerio were also suspended for 60 games.

Paz of the Mets Florida Complex League team tested positive for stanozolol, and Valerio of Detroit’s Summer League squad tested positive for stanozolol and another performance-enhancing substance.

Kanoa Pagan, the pitcher on San Francisco’s roster in the Arizona Complex League, was banned for 50 games after testing positive for the use of a stimulant.

The suspension of the players has come into force with immediate effect.

This year 33 players have been suspended under the minor league drug program.

Six players have been suspended in Major League Baseball this year under a related drug program.

Pitcher Jesse Mejia and catcher Pedro Severino, both of the Milwaukee Brewers, were banned for 80 games; Like free agent outfielder/first baseman Danny Santana, pitcher Richard Rodriguez and infielder Jose Rondon. They are all Dominicans except Rondon who is from Venezuela. Baltimore pitcher Matt Harvey has been suspended for 60 games.

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