Braves Minor League right-handed pitcher Alvaro Silvestre has received a 72-game suspension without pay after testing positive for a metabolite of Boldenone.
Joaquin and Silvestre are both currently on the roster of the Dominican Summer League Braves. The suspensions of both players, which represent the first suspensions for performance-enhancing substances under the new Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, are effective immediately.
Under the rules of the new program for a short-season league, a first violation receives a discipline of 80 games or the total number of championship season games in the league, whichever is shorter. The Dominican Summer League plays a 72-game championship season schedule, thus the suspensions of Joaquin and Silvestre are for 72 games each.