Hillcats’ Herrera Suspended 80 Games to Start Year

The commissioner’s office announced on Friday that Cleveland Indians’ minor league pitcher Alsis Herrera has been suspended for 80 games without pay after violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Herrera, 25, tested positive for the banned substance Stanozolol. He was expected to start the season at High-A Lynchburg.

A left-handed reliever, Herrera joined the Indians in August of 2016 as an amateur free agent. He had played collegiately at Indian Hills Community College in Iowa and later with the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, an NAIA school. At the time that he joined the Indians, he had been pitching in the Intercity League, a long-running amateur league in the Greater Boston area, for the Lexington team.

He pitched for several weeks at the end of the 2016 minor league schedule, appearing in rookie league play in Arizona before a four-game stint with the short-season Mahoning Valley Scrappers. Last season, he worked primarily out of Class-A Lake County, posting a 6-2 record with a 3.69 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP with 46 strikeouts in 61 innings of work in 28 games. He also made one appearance for Lynchburg, earning a win with three and one-third innings of scoreless, one-hit relief, and one for Double-A Akron.

Following the season, he pitched in three games for Escogido in the Dominican Winter League.

Herrera became the second Indians player suspended in a three day’s span, following the 50-game suspension dealt out to Columbus’ Drew Maggi for a positive test for an amphetamine on Wednesday. Earlier in the offseason, 20-year-old outfielder Carlos Ventura of the Dominican Summer League Indians received a 72-game suspension, also for a positive test for Stanozolol.

Herrera’s suspension was one of four given out by the commissioner on Friday.

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