Blue Jays minor leaguer Jesus Montero banned for stimulant

BY foxsports • September 29, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) Former major leaguer Jesus Montero has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for a stimulant.

Montero spent the season with Toronto's Triple-A Buffalo team, batting .317 with 11 home runs and 60 RBIs. He was a designated hitter and first baseman and was picked as an International League All-Star.

The commissioner's office made the announcement Thursday. Because the minor league season is over, the suspension will take effect at the start of next year.

Montero tested positive for dimethylbutylamine.

The 26-year-old Montero made his big league debut with the New York Yankees and was traded to Seattle after the season for pitcher Michael Pineda. He played for the Mariners last year.

There have been 84 suspensions this year under the minor league drug program and 13 under the major league program.

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