2 minor league players suspended by MLB for drug violations


NEW YORK (AP) — Two minor league players were suspended by Major League Baseball on Tuesday for drug violations.

Pittsburgh infielder Francisco Acuna, on the roster of Single-A Greensboro, was banned 80 games without pay after testing positive for gw501516, a performance-enhancing substance.

Arizona pitcher Sebastian Santana, on the roster of the Arizona Complex League D-backs, was suspended 55 games without pay after testing positive for Boldenone, a performance-enhancing substance.

The suspensions were effective immediately.

There have been 41 players suspended this year under the minor league drug program.

Seven players have been suspended this year under the major league drug program: San Diego shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. for 80 games; Milwaukee pitcher J.C. Mejía and Brewers catcher Pedro Severino for 80 games each; Baltimore pitcher Matt Harvey for 60 games; and free agent outfielder/first baseman Danny Santana, pitcher Richard Rodríguez and infielder José Rondón for 80 games apiece.


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