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NMLNB: Suspensions Not Tied to Steriods

J. J. Davis

The Nationals' Minor League Notebook: Two in the Nats' organization get suspended--one for a record 105 games--in cases involving banned substances, although steriod use was not alleged. On the field, J. J. Davis helps New Orleans stay hot on the road and Dee Haynes is an unconventional hero for the Senators.

Ramon Castro and Josh Labandeira became the first players in the Nationals' organization to be suspended for the use of performance-enhancing drugs. Labandeira, a shortstop in AAA New Orleans, received the standard 15-game penalty, while Castro, who played shortstop in AA Harrisburg, will sit for a record 105 games. Baseball officials said that Castro's penalty was so harsh because he was guilty...

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