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Severino, Martinez suspended07/24/2013 8:22 PM ET
By Danny Wild / MiLB.com
Indians infield prospect Rubiel Martinez and Yankees left-hander Anderson Severino were suspended Wednesday after both Dominican Summer Leaguers tested positive for prohibited steroids.
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced Wednesday that Martinez of the DSL Indians and Severino of the DSL Yankees each received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol. The suspensions are effective immediately.
Martinez, 20, was hitting .176 with no homers or RBIs in eight games with Cleveland's Rookie-level affiliate. The shortstop last appeared in a game July 8, when he picked up his third and final hit of his first season with the Indians organization.
Severino, 18, has never appeared in a Minor League game and does not appear on the DSL Yankees' roster although he was identified by the Commissioner's Office as being on the team.
Stanozolol is a synthetic anabolic steroid derived from testosterone that is sometimes prescribed by veterinarians to encourage muscle growth, red blood cell production, bone density and to stimulate the appetite of weakened animals. It's also been linked to body builders and several former Major Leaguers players.
Major League Baseball has suspended 31 players for violations of the Minor League drug program in 2013. The suspensions came a day after Rays Minor League catcher Mark Thomas was banned 50 games for a second violation of drug of abuse and two days after 2011 National League MVP Ryan Braun was handed a season-long suspension for using performance-enhancing substances.