Phillies pitcher Alec Asher suspended 80 games for testing positive for PED

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Thursday, June 16, 2016
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Alec Asher during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game against the New York Yankees Thursday, March 3, 2016, in Tampa, Fla.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Alec Asher has been suspended 80 games for testing positive for a PED.

The 24-year-old right hander tested positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, an anabolic steroid used to increase speed and strength.

Asher is currently on the disabled list for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

"The Phillies support Major League Baseball's Joint Prevention and Treatment Program and are disappointed to hear today's news of Alec's violation," the Phillies said in a statement.

Asher from Lakeland, Florida was selected by the Texas Rangers in the fourth round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Polk County (Fla.) Junior College.

He came to the Phillies in the trade that sent Cole Hamels to Texas on July 31, 2015.

Back in April, Phillies pitcher Daniel Stumpf was suspended 80 games after also testing positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone.