Four Minor League Players Suspended

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that four Minor League players have been suspended following their violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Free agent Minor League right-handed pitcher Raymond Hanson has received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Furosemide, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Program. The suspension of Hanson will be effective immediately upon his signing with another Major League organization.

New York Yankees Minor League shortstop Tyler Palmer has received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Amphetamine, a stimulant in violation of the Program, and after a second positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Program. The suspension of Palmer, who is currently on the roster of the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Yankees 2, will be effective at the start of the 2015 GCL season.

Arizona Diamondbacks Minor League right-handed pitcher Felipe Perez has received a 50-game suspension without pay following a second positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Program. The suspension of Perez, who is currently on the roster of the Single-A Hillsboro Hops of the Northwest League, will be effective at the start of the 2015 NWL season.

Pittsburgh Pirates Minor League first baseman Kevin Ross has received a 50-game suspension without pay following a second positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Program. The suspension of Ross, who is currently on the roster of the Single-A West Virginia Power of the South Atlantic League, will be effective at the start of the 2015 SAL season.