Yanks farmhand gets 50-game PED ban

Yankees farmhand Amaury Sanit, a 30-year-old right-hander with the club's Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre affiliate, has been suspended for 50 games after testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance.

Sanit, a Cuban émigré with a 1-2 record and 8.69 ERA as a relief pitcher, tested positive for Mephentermine, according to a release from Major League Baseball.

The substance is described as a "cardiac stimulant" with effects similar to ephedrine, a banned drug used as a stimulant and appetite suppressant. Sanit was in spring training with the Yankees this spring, appearing in seven games.

Wallace Matthews covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com. Follow him on Twitter.

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