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Pascual Arias suspended

Marlins Minor Leaguer Pascual Arias was suspended for 50 games.

Marlins Minor League pitcher Pascual Arias was handed a 50-game suspension on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old was suspended for being in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The infielder tested positive for metabolites of Stanozolol.


Arias had been playing Summer League ball in the Dominican Republic. A converted infielder, Arias was hitless in 20 at-bats with 11 strikeouts and a walk in 2007. This past season, Arias pitched in 14 games and was 0-1 with 4.50 ERA.


I will say this, he is a better pitcher than he was a hitter.  (A public service announcement from Captain Obvious.)  I guess when you are holding onto the bottom rung and trying to stay in baseball there is no downside to trying anything.

But I really don't know all the circumstances in Mr. Arias' case.