7:25 pm August 10, 2012, by David O'Brien
NEW YORK — Braves minor league pitcher Darrel Leiva has been suspended 50 games without pay after testing positive for metabolites of Nandrolone and Stanazolol, two forms of steroids. Major League Baseball made the announcement Friday.
Leiva, who turned 18 on July 31, was pitching in the Dominican Summer League, and his suspension — without pay – was effective immediately.
“We agree with and adhere to MLB’s drug policy,” said Bruce Manno, Braves assistant general manager and player development director. “Players are aware of the consequences and we support the decision.”
There have been 68 suspensions this year under the minor league drug program, including 10 just this week. Phillies minor league pitcher Gabriel Bermudez was also suspended Friday after testing positive for Stanozolol.
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