BREAKING NEWS: Atlanta Braves Ronald Acuña Jr. allegedly tests positive to illegal substance club issues…

Braves Prospect Suspended For Positive Drug Test

The news is out about a prospect for the Atlanta Braves who tested positive for a prohibited drug. This is what Baseball America has to say:

Righthander Darrel Leiva of the Braves and righthander Gabriel Bermudez of the Phillies were both suspended for 50 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for steroids. Leiva, 17, tested positive for metabolites of the anabolic steroids stanozolol (also known as Winstrol) and nandrolone (also known as Deca-Durabolin). Leiva, who was pitching in the Dominican Summer League, signed a $120,000 contract with the Braves last July, making him Atlanta’s sixth-highest international signing bonus of 2011. Leiva was from Nicaragua. When Leiva signed, he threw 87–89 mph, but he now throws a low-90s fastball and a curveball to compliment it. Despite his ability to throw strikes, he has a 5.27 ERA in 13 2/3 innings over eight bullpen appearances this season, with nine strikeouts and four walks.

Braves slugger Ronald Acuña Jr. exits game after HBP vs. Mets - Yahoo Sports

Leiva is only 17 years old, so maybe he can move over this and continue on the Braves system as he develops. We are constantly concerned about the potential for other players to start using illegal drugs. I’m hoping this is just him, and I guess occasionally inflicting this kind of penalty is a nice way to keep everyone in check.


Ronald Acuña Jr. Sees a Local Physician for Assessment

For “precautionary reasons,” the rightfielder for the Atlanta Braves was left out of Friday’s Grapefruit League game.

And despite appearances, Braves executives believe there’s no cause for concern.

Ronald Acuña Jr., an outfielder with the Braves, was left off of the starting lineup today due to “right knee soreness.” The team stated in their announcement that this was simply a precaution. According to reports, Ronald experienced difficulty yesterday during a rundown when he got stuck between second and third base.

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