Three minor leaguers suspended 80 games after testing positive for Nandrolone

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Note: This post previously referenced Marlins pitcher Jose Urena. There are multiple Jose Urenas. The one who pitches in the Padres’ minor league system was suspended, not the Marlins’ pitcher. I apologize for any confusion.


Padres minor league pitcher Jose Urena was one of three minor league players suspended on Thursday for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, Major League Baseball announced. Urena tested positive for a metabolite of Nandrolone and will serve an 80-game suspension without pay.

Free agent minor leaguers Henry Charles and Adam Reifer were also suspended. Charles, an outfielder, tested positive for a metabolite of Nandrolone as well, and will serve a 76-game suspension if and when he signs with another team. Reifer, a pitcher, tested positive for Ostarine and will serve an 80-game suspension if and when he signs with a new team.

Stanton, Donaldson, Kahnle activated by Yankees ahead of Dodgers series

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LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.

Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.

Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.

Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.

Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.

New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.

Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.