MLB suspends three minor league pitchers who tested positive for performance-enhancing substances

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball has suspended three minor league pitchers after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

The penalties were announced on Friday.

Melvi Acosta, 27, of Minnesota’s Triple-A affiliate St. Paul’s right-hander, was suspended for 80 games without pay after testing positive for Stanozolol. Acosta played for three minor league teams this year, going 3-1 with a 3.61 ERA in 26 appearances.

Jendersson Caraballo, a 22-year-old right-hander on the White Sox roster of the Dominican Summer League, was suspended for 60 games after testing positive for stanozolol.

Braudin Ciprian, a 21-year-old right-hander on the Dominican Summer League Brewers roster, also received a 60-game suspension after testing positive for stanozolol.

Acosta’s suspension is effective immediately, while Caraballo and Cipriani’s suspensions will take effect at the start of their 2023 season.

This year, 44 players have been suspended under the minor league’s drug program.

Seven players have been suspended by the major league drug program this year: San Diego shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. 80 for the game; Milwaukee pitcher JC Mejia and Brewers catcher Pedro Severino for 80 games; Baltimore pitcher Matt Harvey for 60 games; and free agent outfielder/first baseman Danny Santana, pitcher Richard Rodriguez and infielder Jose Rondon for 80 games.