August 24, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) Three minor league pitchers in the Cincinnati organization and a pitcher in the Atlanta system have been suspended for drug violations.

The commissioner's office announced the penalties Wednesday.

Right-handers Israel Cuevas, Felix Jimenez and Enyer Morales were banned 72 games after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance. Cuevas and Morales are on the roster of the rookie-level Dominican Summer League Reds. Jimenez is on the roster of the rookie-level DSL Reds2.

Lefty Erick Abreu also was penalized 72 games for a positive test of Stanozolol. He is on the roster of the rookie-level Dominican Summer League Braves.

There have been 77 suspensions this year under the minor league drug program and 13 under the major league program.

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