WASHINGTON — The office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced on Thursday that two Minor League players from the Nationals — outfielder Edgardo Baez and shortstop Ofilio Castro — have received 50-game suspensions after each tested positive for an amphetamine, a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
The suspensions of Baez and Castro, both of whom are with Double-A Harrisburg, are effective immediately.
Baez, 24, was hitting .254 with nine home runs and 28 RBIs in 101 games, while Castro, 25, had a .296 batting average with four home runs and 36 RBIs in 96 games.
Acting general manager Mike Rizzo was not available for comment.
Disappointing news but not to significant as neither player really had a chance at being called up in September so it’s really not a big issue for the Nationals especially with the amount of outfielders and middle infielders(albeit mediocre) that are currently on the big league ballclub. Hopefully we find out what the substance they popped for was soon so we know what to make of this situation.