Orioles' minor leaguer suspended 50 games

Posted at 11:14 AM, Aug 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-02 11:17:25-04

A player in the Baltimore Orioles' farm system received a 50-game suspension after testing positive for a banned substance, the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced Wednesday.

Ruben Garcia, a pitcher for the short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds, a team in the New York-Penn League, tested positive for Amphetamine, a stimulant banned by the Minor League Drug Prevention Treatment Program. Garcia's suspension is unpaid. 

Two other minor leagues, playing in other teams' farm systems, received lengthier unpaid suspensions following their own failed drug tests.

Jonathan Pryor, an outfielder for the Washington Nationals' Single-A affiliate Auburn Doubledays got a 76-game suspension after he tested positive for Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, a banned performance-enhancing substance.

Pittsburgh Pirates' Minor Leaguer Eddison Polonia, a pitcher for the rookie-level Dominican Summer League Pirates 2, received a 72-game suspension after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance enhancing substance.