Thursday July 3rd, 2014

New York Yankees pitcher Alfredo Aceves, currently in the minor leagues, has been suspended 50 games due to a positive test for a drug of abuse, reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

A seven-year veteran who has split his career between the Yankees and Boston Red Sox, Aceves was designated for assignment by New York in June after posting a 6.52 ERA in 19.1 innings as a reliever.

Aceves accepted an assignment to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at that point, but because he had been taken off the Yankees' 40-man roster when he was DFA'd, Aceves was subject to stricter penalties for violations involving drugs of abuse, as outlined in a report by Passan this week.

It is unclear what substance produced the positive test, or if Aceves plans to appeal the suspension.

Before the reported suspension, Aceves recorded a 3.49 ERA in seven games, including five starts, for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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