2 players suspended for drug violations

NEW YORK -- Two minor league players have been suspended for violating baseball's drug policy.

Former major league right-hander Steven Shell was suspended 50 games after testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol. Last season, the 28-year-old pitched in Triple-A for Kansas City and Atlanta. Shell made 39 relief appearances for the Washington Nationals in 2008 and four in '09.

Right-hander Michael Hart was given a 50-game suspension after a second violation for a drug of abuse. Hart, now a free agent, played for two Class A teams in Oakland's organization last season.

The suspensions, announced Tuesday by the commissioner's office, will begin once the players sign with major league organizations.