Found July 19, 2012 on The GM's Perspective:
Two Chicago Cubs minor leaguers have been suspended for testing positive for Stanozolol.  The two 50-game suspensions will take effect immediately.  Juancito De La Cruz, a right-handed pitcher for the Cubs Dominican Summer League team is 1-1 with a 6.30 ERA in 20 innings. Cruz has walked 20 while striking out 19.  Antonio Encarnacion, also a right-handed pitcher for the Cubs DSL team has been in the system for over three years but hasn’t seen the field in 2012.  With all the testing going on and the knowledge that's out there it really blows me away when you read about stuff like this. And considering everything that's gone on since the Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens debacle, you’d think we’d all learn by now.  With these two suspensions, this brings this year's total to 55. Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective. He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on Twitter and Facebook. His full bio can be seen here. **Devon is available for hire or freelance opportunities**
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