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Atlanta Braves Minor Leaguer Suspended 50 Games for Steroids

August 10th, 2012 at 11:27 PM
By Cody Fields

Major League Baseball announced Friday that Atlanta Braves minor league starting pitcher Darrel Leiva has been suspended 50 games for the use of performance enhancing drugs, Dave O'Brien reports.

The 18-year-old Leiva, who was pitching in the Dominican Summer League, tested positive metabolites of Nandrolone and Stanazolol, two forms of steroids. He has been suspended immediately without pay.

“We agree with and adhere to MLB’s drug policy,” Braves assistant general manager and player development director Bruce Manno said. “Players are aware of the consequences and we support the decision.”

Leiva was suspended along with Philadelphia Phillies minor league pitcher Gabriel Bermudez after testing positive for Stanozolol to bring the year's total to 68 PED-related suspensions.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Darrel Leiva, MLB, steroids

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