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Posted at 5:50 PM ET, 02/ 3/2011

Nats farmhand Nieto suspended for PEDs

By Dave Sheinin

Adrian Nieto, a catcher in the Nationals' farm system, was suspended for 50 games Thursday after testing positive for two banned substances, Major League Baseball announced in a news release. Nieto, who spent 2010 with low Class A Hagerstown, tested positive for Oxandrolone, a synthetic anabolic steroid, and metabolite.

Nieto, 21, is a switch-hitter who was born in Cuba, played high school baseball in Plantation, Fla., and was taken by the Nationals in the fifth round of the 2008 draft. He has struggled offensively during his three seasons in the team's farm system, hitting a combined .210 with two homers and 34 RBI in 110 games in rookie ball and Class A.

His suspension will begin at the start of the 2011 season.

By Dave Sheinin  | February 3, 2011; 5:50 PM ET
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A sad situation indeed.

On the good news front, Sheinin's back. However, nothing on yet.

Posted by: joemktg1 | February 3, 2011 5:57 PM | Report abuse

A Natinals player on "the sauce"? Surely you jest.

Unfortunately for Natinal fans this guy is probably better than 75% of the MLB roster.

Yeah, the Natinals are that bad.

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | February 3, 2011 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Damn...just when the Nats seemed to be the only team in town without some sort of sad controversy.

Posted by: jmurray019 | February 3, 2011 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Adrian Nieto[CA-HAG] is at least the 5th Nationals system player to get caught this year (3B Steve Souza[HAG],OF John Higley[HAG], SP Juan Diaz[DSL], & RP Jorge Hernandez[DSL]. It's sad that some of these young players are still trying to cut corners by employing the DuPont method ("A better life through chemicals").

Posted by: BinM | February 3, 2011 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Since he got caught while playing in the low minors, it's unlikely the Nationals will have to cancel Adrian Nieto Appreciation Day like another team did for that other Cuban guy caught using PEDs, oh, what was his name... Palmiero was it?

Posted by: gilbertbp | February 3, 2011 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't seem like to much of a big deal. The NatiOnals have enough catching, perhaps the o's could use this classy player, might just upgrade that sorry bunch of alsorans.

Posted by: cokedispatch | February 3, 2011 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Poopy you are what u eat,

Why r u here? Since u feel that the zeroes r so great why don't u go to one of their blogs. Oh I get it they have already kicked u off.

You are one strange and screwed up dude.

Posted by: natsguy | February 4, 2011 1:13 AM | Report abuse

"You are what you eat." Hey Poop, now that's funny.

Lotta good those 'roids did Nieto...he had Maxwell numbers. Adios, Adrian.

Posted by: howjensen | February 4, 2011 7:36 AM | Report abuse

He hit .210 on the juice. Nothing to see here...

Posted by: js_edit | February 4, 2011 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Just a point of detail: article says "testing positive for two banned substances ... tested positive for Oxandrolone, a synthetic anabolic steroid, and metabolite."

"Metabolite" is not a banned chemical. A "metabolite" is a chemical found in the body (usually urine) as a result of the metabolization of the banned substance. Sometimes, because of the ways tests are done, the presence of the metabolite is the evidence of the ingestion of the banned substance.

Posted by: OutsideTheLaw | February 4, 2011 1:09 PM | Report abuse

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