New York Yankees minor-league pitcher Moises Cedeno has been suspended 72 games by the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball after testing positive for the performance-enhancing drug Clenbuterol.
Cedeno, 19, has spent the last three seasons playing in the Dominican Summer League, going 8-7 with a 4.28 ERA in 28 games, and his suspension will will go into effect at the start of the 2015 DSL season.
A Panama City native, Cedeno was originally signed by the Yankees as an international free agent on May 27, 2012, and made his professional debut that season, going 0-1 with a 15.12 ERA – allowing 14 earned runs in 8.1 innings pitched – in four starts with the DSL Yankees 2.
In 2013, the righty made 11 starts and one relief appearance for the DSL Yankees 1, going 4-2 with a 3.45 ERA and striking out 50 in 47 innings pitched.
Last season, Cedeno was 4-4 with a 3.23 ERA and 59 strikeouts over 53 innings in 13 starts for the Yankees 1, and he was named a mid-season DSL All-Star after not allowing a run in his first three starts and striking out 15 in 15 innings over those outings.