DSL quartet suspended for drug violations

Almonte, Peralta and Pinales out for 72 games, Vrolijk will sit for 50

By Chris Tripodi / MiLB.com | July 20, 2016 8:13 PM

Four Dominican Summer Leaguers were suspended Wednesday for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

D-backs southpaw Angelo Almonte, Yankees right-hander Jean Peralta and White Sox righty Joselo Pinales were banned 72 games, while Orioles righty Wally Vrolijk received a 50-game suspension.

Almonte, Peralta and Pinales tested positive for metabolites of the performance-enhancing drug Stanozolol, while Vrolijk tested positive for stimulant Methylhexanamine. All four suspensions will begin immediately.

Almonte had excelled for the DSL D-backs with a 1.67 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 27 innings, with all five of his earned runs coming in his last outing against the Rojos. He had tossed 11 scoreless innings in his previous two starts.

Peralta sported a 3.97 ERA in 11 1/3 innings out of the bullpen for the DSL Yankees, and Pinales was 0-2 with a 4.20 ERA in 12 appearances (15 frames) for the DSL White Sox.

In 10 games for the DSL Orioles, Vrolijk went 2-2 with a 3.05 ERA over 20 2/3 innings.

There have been 62 suspensions this season for violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Chris Tripodi is an editor for MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @christripodi. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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