Giants’ Pichardo Suspended

Kelvin Pichardo, who was added to the Giants’ 40-man roster over the winter, will open the season on the restricted list.

Major League Baseball on Monday slapped the 23-year-old Dominican with a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

The righthander was targeted to open the season at Triple-A Fresno. Last summer at Double-A Connecticut, he struck out 61 and issued 35 walks in 61 2/3 innings as a reliever. He was 2-4, 3.21 and also had seven saves.

The suspension will cost Pichardo more than just games. The Associated Press is reporting that he will lose $65,000 on the minor league side of his contract.