Phillies minor-league pitcher Alec Asher suspended 80 games

BY foxsports • June 16, 2016

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.

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