Derek Dietrich Suspended 50 Games Over Drugs

Derek Dietrich Suspended 50 Games Over Drugs

NEW YORK (AP) — Former major league slugger Derek Dietrich has been suspended for 50 games after testing positive for methamphetamine.

Dietrich, 33, is part of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre roster of the Triple-A New York Yankees, and last played a major for Texas in 2020.

Dietrich’s suspension was one of five announced by the commissioner’s office on Friday. In Dietrich’s case, the player violated the minor league drug prevention and treatment program.

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Iván González, who plays for Toronto in the Dominican Summer League, has been suspended for 60 games without pay after being found with the performance-enhancing substance stanozolol.

Cuban outfielder Karel Paz and Dominican pitcher Elvin Valerio were also suspended for 60 games.

The Mets’ Florida Complex League team, Paz, tested positive for stanozolol, and Detroit’s summer league team, Valerio, tested positive for stanozolol and another performance-enhancing substance.

San Francisco roster pitcher Kanoa Pagan of the Arizona Complex League has been suspended for 50 games after testing positive for methamphetamine use.

Player suspension takes effect immediately.

Thirty-three players have been suspended this year under minor league drug programs.

Major League Baseball has had six players suspended under their respective drug programs this year.

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher JC Mejia and catcher Pedro Severino have been suspended for 80 games. So are free agent outfielder/first baseman Danny Santana, pitcher Richard Rodriguez and infielder Jose London. They are all Dominican except for London, Venezuela. Baltimore pitcher Matt Harvey has been suspended for 60 games.

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