NEW YORK – Major League Baseball has banned three minor league pitchers after they were found to contain a performance-enhancing substance.
The fines were announced on Friday.
Melvy Acosta, 27, was suspended for 80 games without pay by Triple-A Minnesota right-hander Melvy Acosta in St. Paul after testing positive for stanozolol. Acosta played for three minor league teams this year, going 3-1 with a 3.61 ERA in 26 games.
22-year-old right-hander Jenderson Caraballo on the Dominican Summer League White Sox roster received a 60-game suspension for testing positive for stanozolol.
Braudin Ciprian, 21, on the roster with the Dominican Summer League Brewers, has been suspended 60 games after testing positive for stanozolol.
Acosta’s suspension will take effect immediately, while Caraballo and Cipriani’s suspensions will go into effect at the start of the 2023 season.