SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Jose Jimenez, who threw a no-hitter as a rookie with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1999, was
one of two Dominican athletes removed from the Pan American Games
on Saturday after they tested positive for banned substances.
Jimenez, who tested positive for anabolic steroids, turned 34 on
Boxer Rafael Fernandez Sosa were also banned by the Dominican
Republic Olympic committee.
Sosa had elevated levels of testosterone to epitestosterone in
samples taken before the country's athletes traveled to Rio de
Janeiro to compete in the games starting next week.
"The athletes displayed an adverse result in the examinations
that we made previous to the Pan American Games, [and for that
reason] they are not eligible to attend," the Dominican Republic
Olympic committee said a statement.
The Caribbean nation's committee did not disclose what other
disciplinary measures may be taken against Jimenez or Fernandez,
who were not immediately available for comment.
About 5,500 athletes from 42 nations will compete in the July
13-29 Pan American Games in Brazil.