Twins minor leaguer Adrian Salcedo suspended for PEDs

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Right-hander Adrian Salcedo, a Double-A reliever in the Twins’ farm system, has been suspended 80 games following a positive test for banned substances Tamoxifen and Heptaminol.

Salcedo was once among the Twins’ top pitching prospects as a starter in the low minors, but his stocked dropped and led to a shift to the bullpen in 2013. He was off to a good start at Double-A with a 1.38 ERA in 13 innings, but this knocks the 24-year-old out until July and lessens his already slim odds of reaching the big leagues.

Salcedo’s suspension comes just a few weeks after the biggest free agent signing in Twins history, Ervin Santana, was suspended 80 games before even throwing a regular season pitch.