Pirates minor-league pitcher suspended for drug violation
NEW YORK — Pittsburgh pitcher Delvin Hiciano and Arizona pitcher Eric Smith have been suspended for 50 games each for violations of baseball's minor league drug program.
Smith was penalized Thursday for a second violation for a drug of abuse, and Hiciano for a positive test for metabolites of Stanozolol.
Hiciano, a 21-year-old right-hander, is 1-0 with a 1.08 ERA in five games this year for the Dominican Summer League Pirates.
A 24-year-old right-hander, Smith is 1-3 with a 7.11 ERA in 32 relief appearances and one start this year for the Mobile BayBears of the Double-A Southern League. He was selected by the Diamondbacks on the second round of the 2009 amateur draft with the 60th overall pick and signed for a $605,700 bonus.
There have been 33 suspensions this year under the minor league program, including five this week.
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