Yankees minor leaguer suspended for drug violation
New York Yankees catcher Ryan Baker has been suspended 50 games
for refusing to take an offseason drug test in violation of
baseball’s minor league drug program.
Baker made just two appearances last season, as a pitcher for
Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Baker, who will be 29 in November,
has been in the Yankees system since 2008 without reaching the
He is currently on the roster of Class-A Charleston of the South
Atlantic League. The suspension announced Wednesday will begin at
the start of the RiverDogs’ season.
There have been 60 suspensions this year under the minor league
drug program and 15 under the major league program.