MLB Announces Pair Of Drug Suspensions

Two minor league righthanders, the Mets’ Estarlin Morel and the Giants’ Paul Davis, have been suspended for violating the minor league drug program. Both suspensions are effective immediately.

In his fifth pro season after signing out of the Dominican Republic in 2009, Morel will sit out 25 games for a “violation of the program,” according to a Major League Baseball press release. The 23-year-old posted a 3.76 ERA and 2-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 24 relief appearances this season, having spent 21 of those games at high Class A St. Lucie prior to receiving a recent demotion to low Class A Savannah.

Davis, who has not pitched this season and was placed on the 60-day disabled list on July 4, tested positive for a drug of abuse and will miss 50 games without pay. The 23-year-old began 2012 as a reliever for low Class A Augusta but worked his way into the rotation and finished the year at 6-8, 3.69. The Giants selected him in the 17th round of the 2011 draft out of Florida Atlantic.