MLB PR (Jan 16 2017) -The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that six Minor League players have been suspended following their violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Cincinnati Reds Minor League right-handed pitcher Carlos Gonzalez has received a 50-game suspension after testing positive for Methamphetamine, a stimulant in violation of the program. The suspension of Gonzalez, who is currently on the roster of the Triple-A Louisville Bats of the International League, will be effective at the start of the 2017 International League season.
The following three players have each received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Amphetamine, a stimulant in violation of the program. The suspensions will be effective at the start of each player's respective 2017 season.
· New York Mets Minor League right-handed pitcher Gary Cornish, who is currently on the roster of the Single-A Brooklyn Cyclones of the New York-Penn League.
· Houston Astros Minor League right-handed pitcher Makay Nelson, who is currently on the roster of the Single-A Tri-City ValleyCats of the New York-Penn League.
· Boston Red Sox Minor League outfielder Tyler Spoon, who is currently on the roster of the Single-A Greenville Drive of the South Atlantic League.
The following two players have each received a 50-game suspension following a second positive test for a drug of abuse:
· Detroit Tigers Minor League right-handed pitcher Tommy Collier, who is currently on the roster of the Double-A Erie SeaWolves of the Eastern League. The suspension of Collier will be effective at the start of the 2017 Eastern League season.
· Free agent Minor League infielder Kal Simmons. The suspension of Simmons will be effective immediately upon signing with another Major League organization.
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