Today the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced that New York Yankees minor-league pitcher Wilking Rodriguez has been suspended for 80 games after testing positive for the drug Furosemide, a substance that is banned because it can be used as a masking agent for other illegal substances.
His suspension will begin immediately.
Rodriguez, 25, is currently on the the roster of the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, but he has yet to make an appearance this season and will now be out until mid-July.
Originally signed by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2007, Rodriguez spent most of 2014 in the Royals organization, making two maj0r-league appearances before being released by the eventual AL Champions in August. He was then signed by the Yankees and spent five days in the organization, but was unable to pitch due to injury and released.
The righty signed a minor-league deal to return to the Yankees this winter, but now becomes the fifth farmhand to serve a suspension this season, following infielders Tyler Palmer and Bo Thompson and pitchers Brayan Alcantara and Moises Cedeno.