Yankees right-handed minor league reliever Brayan Alcantara has been suspended for 72 games under the minor league drug program for testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolo.

Alcantara, 21, signed with the Yankees as a free agent and made his debut in 2012, appearing in 15 games for New York’s two DSL affiliates. He’s spent all of his three seasons in the Dominican, going 1-13 with a 4.74 ERA in 95 innings over 50 outings.

Stanozolo is a synthetic anabolic steroid derived from testosterone that is sometimes prescribed by veterinarians to encourage muscle growth, red blood cell production, bone density, and to stimulate the appetite of weakened animals. MLB suspended eight players last year for testing positive for the drug.

Alcantara is the 41st player, and second Yankees Minor Leaguer to be suspended this year for violating the Minor League drug program.

 

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