3 minor leaguers suspended for violating drug program

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has suspended three players for violating baseball’s minor league drug program.

The penalties were announced by the commissioner's office on Friday.

Johan Lopez, an infielder in Tampa Bay's system, was suspended for 80 games without pay for testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance. Lopez is currently listed on the roster for Class A Bowling Green.

Egory Manuela, a pitcher on the roster for the Dominican Summer League Rays, was suspended for 25 games for violating the program.

Henry Tejada, a pitcher in Baltimore's system who is currently on the roster of the Dominican Summer League Orioles, received a 60-game suspension after testing positive for Nandrolone, a performance-enhancing substance.

Each suspension will begin at the start of the player's 2023 season.


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