By Sam Bush
Phillies pitching prospect Elniery Garcia has been suspended 80 games without pay after testing positive for the performance-enhancing substance Boldenone.
The 22-year-old left-hander is ranked as the Phils’ 18th-best prospect by MLBPipeline.com. He is currently on the club’s 40-man roster and started 2017 with Double-A Reading, but he had not appeared in a game.
Garcia originally signed with the Phillies in December 2011 out of the Dominican Republic. Last season, while pitching for Class A Advanced Clearwater, he went 12-4 with a 2.68 ERA in 20 games, 19 of them starts. Garcia struck out 91 batters in 117 2/3 innings.