Cubs' pitching prospect suspended 80 games for PED use


Oscar De La Cruz, a pitcher in the Chicago Cubs system, was suspended 80 games without pay for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, Commissioner Rob Manfred's office announced Friday.

De La Cruz tested positive for furosemide, which is a diuretic and masking agent, according to the commissioner's office.

The suspension is effective immediately.

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"We are disappointed to learn today that Oscar De La Cruz has violated Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program," the team announced Friday in a statement. "The Cubs fully support the Program and its efforts to remove performance enhancing drugs from the game.

"We also expect Oscar to learn from this experience and will support him on his journey back. Per Program protocol, the Cubs will not comment further on this matter."

The 23-year-old De La Cruz was assigned to the Cubs' Double-A Tennessee affiliate. He was 6-7 with a 5.24 ERA this season.

Coming into the year, Baseball America ranked him as the Cubs' No. 6 prospect. He could have been used as an asset in a trade as the Cubs seek more pitching before the July 31 trade deadline.

--Field Level Media

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