- The Washington Times - Friday, April 17, 2009

NEW YORK (AP) - Kansas City Royals minor leaguers Juan Rivera and Joseph Billick were suspended for 50 games Friday after testing positive for performance-enhancing substances under baseball’s minor league drug program.

Rivera, a shortstop with Class A Burlington, tested positive for metabolites of Nandrolone, the commissioner’s office said. Billick, a catcher with Class A Wilmington, tested positive for metabolites of Stanozolol. Both suspensions were effective immediately.

Four of the 10 players suspended this year for violating baseball’s minor league drug program are Royals prospects.

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