Tigers' Paulino, M's Cohoes suspended

Veteran catcher handed 100-game ban for testosterone test

Ronny Paulino appeared in 13 games for Triple-A Toledo in 2013. (Scott Grau/MiLB.com)

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com | February 12, 2014 4:15 PM

Major League veteran Ronny Paulino and Mariners Minor League outfielder Cavan Cohoes were suspended on Wednesday after each tested positive for performance-enhancing substances.

Paulino, 32, received a 100-game suspension without pay after testing positive for exogenous testosterone and will begin serving his ban at the start of the 2014 Minor League season.

The eight-year veteran was previously suspended for 50 games in August 2010 when he said he was "ashamed and saddened" after admitting that he injested a "dietary pill [which] contained a substance banned under Major League Baseball's drug policy."

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball said Cohoes received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol and a substance related to the anabolic androgenic steroid stenbolone (methylstenbolone). His suspension will be effective at the start of the 2014 Arizona League season.

Paulino appeared in 29 games between three teams last year, batting .250 with two homers, 10 RBIs and a .337 on-base percentage for Triple-A Toledo, Triple-A Norfolk and Double-A Bowie. The right-handed backstop began the year with the Mariners but was released during Spring Training. He signed with the Orioles in May but was traded to Detroit for cash considerations in August. The Tigers resigned him to a Minor League contract on Nov. 12, 2013.

Cohoes, 20, was the Mariners' ninth-round pick in the 2011 Draft out of Patch High School in Germany. He appeared in two games with the Rookie-level AZL Mariners in 2012 before playing in 31 with the affiliate last year. He also appeared in one game with Double-A Jackson last season on Sept. 1.

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. Methlystenbolone is similar to testosterone and is believed to help build muscle mass and size.

Major League Baseball has suspended 13 players this year for violating the Minor League drug program.

Danny Wild is an editor for MiLB.com. Follow his MLBlog, Minoring in Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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