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Yankees Alcantara Suspended For Steroids

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced Wednesday afternoon that New York Yankees minor-league pitcher Brayan Alcantara has been suspended for 72 games without pay for a violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, effective at the start of the 2015 Dominican Summer League season this June.

Alcantara tested positive for Stanzolol, a synthetic anabolic steroid that is made from testosterone and is sometimes used by veterinarians to help muscle growth, bone density and red blood cell production in animals.

He is the second Yankees minor leaguer and 41st minor-league player overall to be suspended this year for a violation of the program.

The 21-year-old Alcantara was signed in 2012 and has spent all three of his seasons with the Yankees organization in the DSL. He was 1-4 with a 4.21 ERA in 18 relief outings last year, and is 1-13 with a 4.74 ERA in 50 games (13 starts) over his career.

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