Twins' Krol among four pitchers suspended

Braves' Diaz, Cubs' Encarnacion, M's Mejia to miss 72 games

Lefty reliever Ian Krol has split the 2019 season between Triple-A Louisville and Rochester. (Joshua Tjiong/

By Danny Wild / | August 16, 2019 4:00 PM

Veteran reliever Ian Krol was among four Minor League players suspended for drug-related violations by Major League Baseball on Friday.

Krol, who signed with the Twins in June and is currently with Triple-A Rochester, was suspended 50 games without pay after his second positive test for a drug of abuse under the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. 

The Braves' Luis Diaz, the Cubs' Marcos Encarnacion and the Mariners' Eliezer Mejia all received 72-game suspensions after each pitcher tested positive for the performance-enhancing drug Stanozolol.

Krol, 28, is 1-4 with a 5.28 ERA in 46 relief outings this season between Rochester and Triple-A Louisville. The lefty from Illinois signed with Cincinnati in January and began the season with the Bats, where he struck out 28 in 25 1/3 innings over 28 games. He signed a Minor League contract with Minnesota on June 18 and was 0-1 with a 5.23 ERA in 18 games before his suspension.

The southpaw has appeared in 225 career Major League games with Washington, Detroit, Atlanta and the Angels, most recently last year with Los Angeles. He's 8-6 with a 4.50 ERA in 190 career innings in the Majors.

2019 Minor League suspensions

Diaz, 19, signed with the Braves in 2017 and is 3-0 with a 3.47 ERA in 13 outings this season in the Dominican Summer League. He's struck out 20 and walked 13 in 23 1/3 innings.

Encarnacion signed with the Reds in 2013 out of the Dominican Republic and has spent all four of his seasons since then in the DSL. He was released by Cincinnati last March and joined the Cubs this June before going 5-0 with a 0.87 ERA in 17 appearances for the DSL Cubs 2. The 23-year-old righty has dominated the league, striking out 40 and walking just two batters in 31 innings. He has five saves in six opportunities.

Mejia, 18, signed with Seattle out of the Dominican Republic in January and is 0-2 with a 13.50 ERA in 11 outings with the DSL Mariners. He's struck out 18 and walked 17 in 16 innings.

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.

Danny Wild is an editor for This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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