Thursday, July 3, 2014

Yankees' Minor-Leaguer Aceves Suspended 50 Games for Positive "Drug of Abuse" Test

Yankees Minor League Pitcher Alfredo Aceves has been suspended 50 games for a second positive "drug of abuse" test, CBS Sports Baseball Writer Matt Snyder reports.

Aceves, who was on the Yanks' main roster from May 4 to June 4, went 1-2 with a 6.52 ERA in 19 1/3 innings this season, the reason why he is currently with the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders. 

There, unlike in the majors, all players are required to undergo non-PED drug exams, where it's determined whether they are taking illegal substances such as marijuana, cocaine, and heroin.

Aceves, 31, last pitched for the Bombers back on June 2, when he surrendered a pair of two-run home runs in a 10-2 loss to the Mariners.

Prior to that bad outing, though, the veteran did have a few scoreless appearances against the solid-hitting Rays (5 1/3 frames on May 4) and Cardinals (2 on May 26), possibly making this occurrence something to get worried about, as it probably kills any chance Aceves had of a 2014 comeback. 

Whether you agree with that glass-half-full observation or not, this suspension will definitely come without pay for #91, whose contract this season was originally worth $1.2 million.

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