Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday that Rangers minor league outfielder Cristian Santana, who is playing for Class A Hickory, has received a 50-game suspension for testing positive for Formestane, a performance-enhancing substance. That is is violation of the minor league drug prevention and treatment program.
The suspension is effective immediately, according to the MLB news release.
"We're disappointed," Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said. "We educate our players on the drug policy and make sure they know they can talk to trainers about any over the counter substances to make sure they are in line with Major League Baseball's rules. We will get him all the education he needs and make sure he's back on his feet and doing things right."
Levine said Santana did appeal the decision, but the suspension stands.
Santana, signed as a free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2005, is batting .260 with 11 homers and 46 RBIs in 75 games (273 at-bats) for Hickory this season. He spent last season in Hickory as well.