Former MLB pitcher Jimenez tested positive for anabolic steroids

Updated: July 7, 2007, 7:46 PM ET
Associated Press

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 had 41 saves for the Colorado Rockies in 2002, last pitched in the majors for the Cleveland Indians in 2004. He finished his career with 110 saves.

Jimenez, who tested positive for anabolic steroids, turned 34 on Saturday.

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.

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