Houston's Alaniz Suspended

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Houston Astros Minor League right-handed pitcher Ruben Alaniz has received a 50-game suspension without pay after a second positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The suspension of Alaniz, who is currently on the roster of the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks of the Texas League, is effective immediately.