Report: Nats minor leaguer suspended

NEW YORK -- A person familiar with the penalty tells The Associated Press that Washington Nationals minor league catcher Hector Taveras has been suspended 25 games because he was found in possession of an unauthorized syringe.

His suspension was announced Tuesday by Major League Baseball under the minor league drug program, but the reason for the discipline was not. The person who divulged it spoke on the condition of anonymity because that detail wasn't made public.

While most suspensions for first offenses are for 50 games, the person said MLB had the ability to impose lesser discipline if the reason for the penalty was other than a positive test. Under the minor league program, players may only be in possession of syringes if they have team permission.