5 minor leaguers, including Detroit Tigers pitcher, suspended for violating drug program

NEW YORK CITY – Five gamers were suspended Friday for infractions of the minors drug program, raising this year’s overall to 9.

Free representative pitcher Nick Belzer and pitcher Charles Hall of Oakland’s Class A Central Lansing farm group were suspended for 50 video games each for a 2nd favorable test for a drug of abuse. Miami Double-A outfielder Tristan Pompey likewise was suspended for 50 video games for a 2nd favorable test for a drug of abuse.

Detroit pitcher Hector Rodriguez and Arizona pitcher Jose Valdez were suspended for 60 video games each following favorable tests for the performing-enhancing compound Stanozolol. Both are on Dominican Summer League lineups.

Four gamers were provided 60-day restrictions on Jan. 28 following favorable tests for Stanozolol: Seattle pitcher Brayan Diaz, Chicago Cubs left-hander Carlos Garcia, Houston right-hander Jorge Geraldo and Texas right-hander Aron Vargas. All are on Dominican Summer League lineups.

This post initially appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit Tigers small leaguers, 4 others suspended for drugs offense

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