Major League Baseball announced via press release on Tuesday that pitcher Erick Hurtado has received a 50-game suspension after testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol. The substance is considered a performance-enhancing drug and as such, Hurtado has been found in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Word had leaked out last month that the 17-year-old left-hander from the Dominican Republic had come to terms with the St. Louis Cardinals on a contract. While the organization confirmed that, as is always the case with international signings, it was contingent on Hurtado’s checks coming out clean.
MLB’s press release clearly identifies Hurtado as a free agent, meaning that he will not become a Cardinal, after all. This was confirmed by an organization official on Tuesday afternoon. The 50-game suspension of Hurtado will become effective immediately upon his signing with another Major League organization.
The Cardinal Nation subscribers can read more about Hurtado in this February 12 article.
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