Phillies minor-league pitcher Alec Asher suspended 80 games
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Phillies minor-league pitcher Alec Asher was suspended for 80 games by Major League Baseball on Thursday after testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance.
The 24-year-old right-hander tested positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, an anabolic steroid used to increase speed and strength. Asher was on the disabled list at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
The Phillies acquired Asher along with other players in the deal that sent Cole Hamels to the Rangers last July. Asher was 0-6 with a 9.31 ERA for Philadelphia in seven starts after the trade.
Asher was 4-2 with a 2.30 ERA in eight starts at Double-A and Triple-A this season.
Phillies reliever Daniel Stumpf also received an 80-game suspension this season for using the same substance.