3 minor leaguers suspended for positive drug tests

NEW YORK (AP) — Three minor league pitchers have been suspended after testing positive for steroids.

Cincinnati's Israel Lantigua and the New York Mets' Amaury Pereya have been banned 72 games each and Toronto's Jackxarel Lebron 52 games. The suspensions start next season.

The commissioner's office said Friday that Lantigua and Pereya tested positive for Stanozolol, and Lebron for Boldenone.

A 20-year-old right-hander, Lantigua was 1-0 with a 6.00 ERA in 20 relief appearances for the Dominican Summer League Reds last season.

Pereya, also a 20-year-old right-hander, pitched in three games in August for the Dominican Summer League Mets2.

Lebron, a 19-year-old right-hander, was 2-2 with an 11.32 ERA in seven relief appearances for the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Blue Jays.

Forty-six players have been suspended this year under the minor league drug program and eight under the major league program.

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