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Cubs prospect De La Cruz suspended 80 games

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CHICAGO -- The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced that Cubs prospect Oscar De La Cruz has received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Furosemide, a diuretic and masking agent, in violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The suspension of De La Cruz, a 40-man roster player who is currently on option to Double-A Tennessee of the Southern League, is effective immediately. De La Cruz ranks third on MLB Pipeline's list of Top 30 Cubs prospects.

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CHICAGO -- The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced that Cubs prospect Oscar De La Cruz has received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Furosemide, a diuretic and masking agent, in violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The suspension of De La Cruz, a 40-man roster player who is currently on option to Double-A Tennessee of the Southern League, is effective immediately. De La Cruz ranks third on MLB Pipeline's list of Top 30 Cubs prospects.

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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 Cubs wrote 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."

De La Cruz, 23, was 6-7 with a 5.24 ERA in 16 starts at Tennessee this season.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat.

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