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Two Yankees Minor Leaguers suspended08/20/2009 6:47 PM ET
NEW YORK -- A pair of Yankees Dominican Minor Leaguers were suspended on Thursday after testing positive for banned substances.
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that pitchers Nestor de Leon and Ramon Rodriguez have received 50-game suspensions after each tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Rodriguez, 18, tested positive for boldenone. The 6-foot-1 right-hander was 2-2 with a 6.31 ERA in 15 outings for the DSL Yankees.
de Leon, 20, tested positive for stanozolol. He was 3-0 with a 4.29 ERA in 13 appearances for the Yankees' alternate DSL club.
The suspensions of both players are effective immediately. Major League Baseball has suspended 59 Minor Leaguers this season violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.