The commissioner's office announced a pair of 50-game suspensions today in which both minor league players tested positive for performance-enhancing substances.
Marlins first baseman Jaime Ortiz, who has gone 6-for-32 (.188) with a home run for Double-A Jacksonville this season, tested positive for metabolites of Stanozolol. Miami selected him from the Dodgers system in last winter's minor league Rule 5 draft.
Cardinals righthander Jose Pasen tested positive for metabolites of Nandrolone. He finished last season in the Rookie-level Appalachian League and opened this year in extended spring training. He's a converted right fielder whose mound experience consists of four seasons in short-season ball, though unlike many converts he works as a starting pitcher (3.38 ERA, 1.24 WHIP in 232 innings).
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