Suspension ends Hurtado deal with Cardinals

17-year-old left-handed pitcher from the Dominican Republic is suspended after a positive PED test. His tentative deal with the St. Louis Cardinals is off.

Major League Baseball announced via press release on Tuesday that pitcher Erick Hurtado has received a 50-game suspension after testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol. The substance is considered a performance-enhancing drug and as such, Hurtado has been found in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Word had leaked out last month that the 17-year-old left-hander from the Dominican Republic had come to terms with the St. Louis Cardinals on a contract. While the organization confirmed that, as is always the case with international signings, it was contingent on Hurtado's checks coming out clean.

MLB's press release clearly identifies Hurtado as a free agent, meaning that he will not become a Cardinal, after all. This was confirmed by an organization official on Tuesday afternoon. The 50-game suspension of Hurtado will become effective immediately upon his signing with another Major League organization.

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