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Free agent pitcher Morel suspended
Left-hander banned 50 games for using illegal substance
05/30/2012 7:35 PM ET
NEW YORK -- Free agent Minor League left-handed pitcher Jose Morel was suspended 50 games Wednesday after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of the Minor League drug program.

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced that Morel's suspension will be effective immediately after he signs with a Major League organization.

Stanozolol is a synthetic anabolic steroid derived from testosterone that is sometimes prescribed by veterinarians to encourage muscle growth, red blood cell production, bone density and to stimulate the appetite of weakened animals. It's also been linked to bodybuilders and several former baseball players.

Morel is the 43rd player to be suspended for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Danny Wild is an editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
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