Minor leaguers Melvin Novoa, Jhon Nunez suspended under the minor league drug program


Rangers minor league catcher Melvin Novoa has received a 56-game suspension after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. The banned substance in question was Clostebol.

Novoa, 19, was playing for the Rangers’ rookie league team in the Arizona League. He was hitting .278/.336/.398 with three home runs and 27 RBI in 149 plate appearances.

Red Sox catcher Jhon Nunez was also given a suspension of 25 games, per Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe. Novoa and Nunez bring the total number of minor leaguers suspended up to 57 this season.