The pitchers Joseph Columbus of the Cleveland Indians and Joan Gregorio of the San Francisco Giants were suspended for the rest of the season after a positive doping test.
The Puerto Rican Colon threw a positive result for a synthetic drug, whose effect is similar to that caused by testosterone. Gregorio was found traces of stanozolol, an anabolic steroid.
The punishments were announced Saturday by the office of the commissioner of the Major Leagues. The two players were among the 40 that make up the payroll of their clubs.
There have been four players suspended this year under the Major League Anti-Doping Program. Starling Marte, a Pittsburgh star outfielder, and his compatriot Elniery Garcia, the Philadelphia Phillies pitcher, had already been punished.
During this year, 47 suspensions have been announced in the minor leagues.
Colon, 27, debuted in the majors on July 8. The right was 1-3 and had a 7.20 ERA in 11 reliever appearances.
Gregorio, 25, has a 4-4 record and a 3.04 ERA in 13 starts with Sacramento’s Triple A branch this year.