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BC-BBM--Minor Leaguers Suspended

March 1, 2019
Colorado pitcher Luis De Avila and Baltimore pitcher Willie Rios have been suspended for violations of the minor league drug program. De Avila was banned for 72 games following a positive test for the performance-enhancing substance Boldenone. Rios was penalized 50 games after a second positive test for a drug of abuse. Nine players have been suspended this year under the minor league program, plus Kansas City pitcher Eric Skoglund under the major league program.

NEW YORK (AP) — Colorado pitcher Luis De Avila and Baltimore pitcher Willie Rios have been suspended for violations of the minor league drug program.

De Avila was banned for 72 games following a positive test for the performance-enhancing substance Boldenone, the commissioner’s office said Friday. Rios was penalized 50 games after a second positive test for a drug of abuse.

De Avila, a 17-year-old left-hander, was 2-2 with a 6.16 ERA last season in seven starts and one relief appearance for the Dominican Summer League Rockies.

Rios, a 23-year-old left-hander, was 2-4 with a 5.32 ERA last year in nine starts and three relief appearances for Class A Aberdeen of the New York-Penn League.

Nine players have been suspended this year under the minor league program, plus Kansas City pitcher Eric Skoglund under the major league program.

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