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August 18, 2014
Mets right-hander Bernard suspended

Mets Minor League right-hander Derrick Bernard was suspended for 62 games on Wednesday after testing positive for a steroid. The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball said Bernard received a 62-game suspension without pay after testing positive for a metabolite of nandrolone, a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The suspension is effective immediately. Bernard signed with the Mets on June 14 after his sophomore season at Sul Russ University in Texas. He appeared in six games for New York’s Rookie-level Gulf Coast League affiliate, striking out eight and walking nine over seven innings in six relief appearances. He had two saves and was holding batters to a .231 average. The 22-year-old from Texas City, Texas, appeared in 13 games for the Sul Ross Lobos in relief earlier this spring, going 1-1 with one save in 16 2/3 innings in his first season playing baseball since high school. The Mets scouted him in college and during a collegiate summer league before offering him a contract in June. Under the rules of the new Minor League drug program for Rookie and short-season leagues, a first violation receives a discipline of 80 games or the total number of regular-season games in the league, whichever is shorter. The Gulf Coast League plays a 60-game schedule. Nandrolone, commonly sold as Deca-Durabolin, is an anabolic steroid used to promote muscle growth, bone density and red blood cell production. It’s considered a Schedule III controlled substance. Bernard is the second player suspended in as many days following the 50-game ban handed to Rays prospect Josh Sale on Aug. 12. Major League Baseball has suspended 45 players this year for violations of the Minor League drug program, including three for nandrolone. http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20140813&content_id=89439878&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_milb&sid=milb