MLB suspends Blue Jays minor-league pitcher Jackxarel Lebron 52 games

A ball sits in a glove during a spring training baseball workout. (David Goldman/AP)

Major League Baseball has suspended Toronto Blue Jays minor-league pitcher Jackxarel Lebron 52 games without pay.

Lebron tested positive for Boldenone, according to an MLB release, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Lebron’s suspension begins at the start of the 2020 season.

Lebron, 19, was selected by the Blue Jays in the 16th round of the 2019 MLB Draft and appeared in seven games rookie-level Gulf Coast League Blue Jays this season. The Humacao, Puerto Rico native finished the campaign with a 2-2 record, posting an ERA of 11.32 and a 1.935 WHIP over 10.1 innings pitched.

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