MLB suspends top Padres prospect Jose Urena for steroid use
Major League Baseball has suspended top Padres prospect Jose Urena for 80 games for steroid use, according to Baseball America.
Urena, a 21-year-old outfielder for Class A Fort Wayne, tested positive for a metabolite of Nandrolone, which is a performance-enhancing substance. His suspension is effective immediately.
In 63 games for low-A Tri-City in 2015, Urena batted .258 with seven home runs and 45 RBIs.
Two minor league free-agents, outfielder Henry Charles and righthander Adam Reifer, were also suspended for steroid use. Charles will miss 76 games for a positive test of a metabolite of Nandrolone, while Reifer will miss 80 contests for Ostarine use.
Charles and Reifer's suspensions will take effect once the players sign with a MLB team.