4 minor leaguers suspended for drug violations

NEW YORK (AP) Four minor league baseball players have been suspended for violating the drug policy.

The commissioner's office announced the penalties Wednesday.

Free agent right-hander Raymond Hanson was suspended 80 games after a positive test for a performance-enhancing substance.

New York Yankees shortstop Tyler Palmer was penalized after testing positive for a banned amphetamine, and a second positive test for a drug of abuse. He is on the team's Gulf Coast League roster.

Arizona right-hander Felipe Perez and Pittsburgh first baseman Kevin Ross each were suspended 50 games after testing positive for a drug of abuse. Both players were on the roster of Single-A affiliates.

There have been 22 suspensions this year under the minor league drug program.

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