Yankees’ minor-leaguer suspended for banned substance; former MLB slugger

Derek Dietrich hoped the Yankees would be his path back to the majors.

Instead, he’s been suspended without pay, and his season could be over.

Major League Baseball said that it had suspended the 33-year-old without pay for 50 games for testing positive for a banned substance. Dietrich’s suspension was announced with four others.

MLB said Dietrich tested positive for 1,4-dimethylpentylamine, or DMPA, which the league called a stimulant.

The lefty slugger was hitting .244 with two homers and 20 RBI in 41 games at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He hasn’t played in the majors since 2020.

We’re continuing to update this story.

Here are the rest of the suspensions, via MLB:

  • Pitcher Ivan Gonzalez, who is currently on the Dominican Summer League roster of the Toronto Blue Jays, has received a 60-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance.
  • Pitcher Kanoa Pagan, who is currently on the Arizona Complex League roster of the San Francisco Giants, has received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Amphetamine, a stimulant.
  • Outfielder Karell Paz, who is currently on the Florida Complex League roster of the New York Mets, has received a 60-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Stanozol, a performance-enhancing substance.
  • Pitcher Elvin Valerio, who is currently on the Dominican Summer League roster of the Detroit Tigers, has received a 60-game suspension without pay after testing positive for the performance-enhancing substances Stanozolol and GW501516, a Peroxisome Proliferator Activated Receptor δ (PPARδ) agonist.

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Brendan Kuty may be reached at bkuty@njadvancemedia.com.

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