Two Minor Leaguers will miss 50 games due to violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Minnesota Twins left-hander Cam Booser and New York Yankees right-hander Matt Marsh were suspended 50 games apiece after testing positive for a drug of abuse for the second time.
Minor League drug suspensions in 2017
Booser, a 25-year-old on the Rookie-level Elizabethton Twins, had pitched 2 2/3 innings this season for Class A Advanced Fort Myers, allowing one run while walking seven and hitting two batters over three relief appearances. He went 0-4 with an 8.53 ERA, 34 strikeouts and 31 walks over 25 1/3 innings for Class A Cedar Rapids and Fort Myers in 2016.
Marsh, also 25, was 3-2 with a 2.49 ERA and 28 strikeouts over 21 2/3 innings at Double-A Trenton. He had allowed five unearned runs over his 15 relief appearances while holding opponents to a .190 batting average.
Booser's ban will begin with Elizabathton's season opener Thursday against Danville. Marsh's suspension is effective immediately.
These suspensions are the 43rd and 44th handed down for violations of the Minor League drug program in 2017.