Two minor league players suspended for drug violations

 

October 4, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Detail view of baseballs with the postseason logo before game one of the American League divisional series playoff baseball game between the Oakland Athletics and the Detroit Tigers at O.co Coliseum. The Tigers defeated Athletics 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that two Minor League players have been suspended following their violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Free agent Minor League outfielder Darren (D.J.) Driggers has received a 50-game suspension without pay after a second positive test for a Drug of Abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.  Driggers was also suspended after testing positive for a metabolite of drostanolone in 2012. The right-handed outfielder was a 22nd-round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft.

Free agent Minor League right-handed pitcher Yonquelys Martinez has received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Metabolites of Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Martinez pitched in 19 games last year in the Dominican Summer League with the Houston Astros affiliate team. He went 1-3 with a 1.74 ERA.

The suspensions of Driggers and Martinez will be effective immediately upon signing with another Major League organization.

Topics: Minor League Baseball, MLB

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