White Sox left-hander Feny Arias, D-backs right-hander Geremia Espinosa and free agent right-hander Elou Jean have each received 50-game suspensions without pay, the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced Saturday.
All three tested positive for metabolites of Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Arias went 3-3 with a 4.02 ERA, 55 strikeouts and 22 walks in 16 games (10 starts) in the Dominican Summer League in 2013. It was the 22-year-old southpaw's third straight season playing in his native Dominican Republic. Jean, a 21-year-old Haiti native, posted a 6.75 ERA in 20 relief appearances for the Dodgers' DSL affiliate but was not affiliated with any team at the time of the suspension. Espinosa, a 17-year-old from the Dominican Republic, had yet to make his Minor League debut.
The suspensions for Arias and Espinosa will go into effect at the start of the 2014 DSL season. Jean's ban will be effective once he signs with another Major League organization.
With these suspensions, seven Minor Leaguers have received punishment for being caught with Stanozolol, a synthetic anabolic steroid derived from testosterone.