NEW YORK, N.Y. – 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 single-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.