John Drennen suspended 50 games

Updated: May 17, 2011, 5:07 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Cleveland Indians minor league outfielder John Drennen has been suspended for 50 games after a positive test for a banned substance.

The commissioner's office says Drennen tested positive for the banned female fertility drug Clomiphene. The drug can be used to boost testosterone as part of a steroids cycle.

Drennen was penalized Tuesday under baseball's minor league drug program.

A 24-year-old from Honolulu, Drennen is batting .256 with three homers and 15 RBIs at Double-A Akron of the Eastern League.

There have been 26 suspensions this year under the minor league program. While there have not been any suspensions under the major league program, Manny Ramirez retired rather than face a 100-game ban following a second violation.


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