Texas farmhand Santana suspended

Texas farmhand Santana suspended

DETROIT -- Rangers Class A outfielder Cristian Santana has received a 50-game suspension after testing positive for Formestane, a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The suspension of Santana, who is currently on the roster of Hickory of the South Atlantic League, is effective immediately.

Santana was using Formestane under the direction of a doctor and appealed the suspension. The appeal was denied.

"We educate our players multiple times a year on the scope and seriousness of taking performance-enhancing drugs," assistant general manager Thad Levine said. "We're disappointed he tested positive and [we] plan on complying with Major League Baseball's drug policy to the fullest extent. We will provide him with all the resources he needs to get back up and playing."