Reds Minor Leaguer Raga suspended

Venezuelan Summer League catcher banned for 50 games

By Danny Wild / | June 17, 2011 2:15 PM ET

NEW YORK -- Reds Minor League catcher Jose Raga was suspended on Friday after testing positive for a banned steroid.

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced that Raga, a catcher with Cincinnati's Venezuelan Summer League affiliate, has received a 50-game suspension after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The suspension of Raga is effective immediately.

Raga, a 17-year-old from San Felipe, Venezuela, had appeared in six games for the Rookie-level Reds, going 3-for-13 with two RBIs. This was the 5-foot-11 backstop's first season in the Minors.

Stanozolol is a synthetic anabolic steroid derived from testosterone that is used by body builders as well as with animals to promote muscle growth, increased bone density and red blood cell production. In baseball, it has previously been linked to Barry Bonds, Rafael Palmeiro and Roger Clemens, among others.

Raga is the 30th player to be suspended in 2011 under the Minor League program, his ban coming two days after Braves pitcher Matt Suschak was suspended for 50 games after testing positive for amphetamines.

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

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