The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced that Cleveland Indians Minor League pitcher Dillon Howard has received a fifty game suspension without pay after testing positive for an Amphetamine. The right-hander used a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
The suspension of Howard, who is currently on the roster of the rookie-level Arizona League Indians, is effective immediately. Indians Vice President of Player Development Ross Atkins issued the following statement regarding Howard's suspension:
"The Indians organization values the purpose served by Major League Baseball's Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program and we are committed to supporting Dillon as he receives the help he needs."