News came down Thursday that right-hander Alec Asher tested positive for PEDs. Asher, who has been on the DL since May 20th with a stress fracture just above his ankle, was 3-0 with a 1.53 ERA in four starts with Lehigh Valley this season. The Phillies acquired Asher from the Texas Rangers as part of the Cole Hamels trade last July and he made seven starts with the Phillies, going 0-6 with a 9.31 ERA. This season, he opened the season with Lehigh Valley.
The Phillies issued a statement following the announcement of the suspension saying, in part, "The Phillies support Major League Baseball's Joint Prevention and Treatment Program and are disappointed to hear today's news of Alec's violation,"
Dave Brundage, Asher's manager at Lehigh Valley, wasn't able to add any further details about the suspension, but did say that he was "disappointed" that Asher had tested positive.
The addition of a two-seam fastball to Asher's arsenal was credited with being the reason for improved numbers this season, but the positive PED test will cast doubts on the validity of his improvement.