Venezuelan infielder Carlos Santiago was suspended for 80 games and pitcher Dalton Moats was suspended for 50 games. after having tested positive for the control of illicit substances in the minor league drug program.
The 22-year-old Venezuelan Santiago tested positive for stanolozole, a substance that increases protein synthesis and enhances muscle development, reported the Major League Baseball Commissioner’s office.
The young man from Barinas, Venezuela, was in Class A of Jacksonville, an organization of the Miami Marlins, where he hit five home runs and 28 RBIs with a .264 average last year for the Florida Complex League.
For his part, 27-year-old Moats had a second positive test for drug abuse. The lefty had a record of 1 win without losses with a 3.60 ERA in 51 games with Durham’s Triple-A team of the Tampa Bay Rays organization. In November he was released as a free agent.
Four players have been disciplined under the minor league program this year.
In 2022 there were 50 suspensions for drugs in the Minor Leagues and 7 in the Major Leagues. The most notable was the suspension of shortstop and outfielder Fernando Atis Jr. for 80 games after testing positive and not allowing him to play in 2022.
In addition, there are the players the Milwaukee pitcher JC Mejía and the Brewers catcher Pedro Severino for 80 games each.; Baltimore pitcher Matt Harvey for 60 games; and free agent outfielder/first baseman Danny Santana, pitcher Richard Rodríguez and infielder José Rondón for 80 games each.
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