Twins' Hinojosa suspended 50 games

Class A Cedar Rapids infielder tested positive for Nandrolone

By Sam Dykstra / | April 26, 2014 3:59 PM ET

Twins prospect Jonatan Hinojosa has been suspended 50 games for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced Saturday.

The 21-year-old second baseman had appeared in only one game for Class A Cedar Rapids this season, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout against Peoria on Wednesday. He owned a .236/.310/.336 slash line with five triples, four doubles, 15 RBIs and 10 steals in the Gulf Coast League in 2013. He spent the previous three seasons in the Dominican Summer League, where he didn't bat higher than .186 on any of the three occasions.

Hinojosa received the suspension, which goes into effect immediately, after testing positive for metabolites of Nandrolone, according to the commissioner's office. Nandrolone, sometimes called Deca-Durabolin, is often used in the treatment of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.

The Dominican Republic native is the second Minor Leaguer to be caught with the substance in 2014. (Giants infielder Marco Guzman is the other.) Six players received suspensions for it in 2013.

Sam Dykstra is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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