6 minor leaguers suspended on eve of Dominican season
NEW YORK (AP) Six minor leaguers have been suspended for 25 games each on the eve of the Dominican Summer League openers, including five from the New York Yankees organization.
In addition, right-hander Alvaro Diaz of San Francisco's Arizona League Giants was suspended for 56 games following a positive test for Stanozolol, the commissioner's office said Friday.
Catcher Oliver Cedeno of the DSL Yankees was banned for 25 games along with four players from the DSL Yankees 2: left-hander Jean Carlos De Jesus and right-handers Arikson Ramirez, Leyfer Ramirez and Jhostin Vargas.
Right-hander Oscar Tovar of the DSL Athletics also was penalized 25 games.
Under the minor league program, a 25-game suspension is the penalty for a first violation for use or possession of a syringe at a team facility, in team-provided housing or while traveling with a club.
There have been 55 suspensions this year under the minor league drug program.