Giants minor league catcher suspended for 50 games



NEW YORK (AP) — San Francisco Giants catcher Drew Stiner has been suspended for 50 games under baseball’s minor league drug program after testing positive for a banned amphetamine.

Stiner’s suspension, announced Monday, was the second of the year under the program. Washington left-hander Zechry Zinicola was suspended for 50 games last week for a second violation for a drug of abuse.

Stiner is on the roster of San Francisco’s Arizona League farm team. He was a 43rd-round draft pick last year from Owasso High School in Oklahoma.

There were 71 suspensions last year under the minor league drug program and two under the big league plan. In addition, Manny Ramirez plans to serve a suspension this year for a 2011 violation.