NEW YORK (AP) - Two minor league pitchers have been suspended for 50 games each after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.
The commissioner's office announced the penalties Tuesday for Jose Hernandez of the New York Mets and Dail Villanueva of the St. Louis Cardinals. Hernandez tested positive for metabolites of Stanozolol, and Villanueva tested positive for metabolites of Nandrolone, violating baseball's minor league drug program.
Both pitchers are in the Venezuelan Summer League. The suspensions begin immediately.
Twenty-three players have been suspended this year under the minor league program in addition to four under the major league program.