Two Nationals Minor Leaguers suspended
Baez and Castro both receive 50 games for amphetamines
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.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.