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Minor Matters: Jason Knapp, Jose Geraldo, Nicolas Debora

July 11, 2012; Reading, PA USA; General view of FirstEnergy Stadium during the 2012 Eastern League AA All-Star game. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE
July 11, 2012; Reading, PA USA; General view of FirstEnergy Stadium during the 2012 Eastern League AA All-Star game. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

While the evening games on the East Coast get set to begin, let's take a quick look at some minor news and notes, including a former prospect that was the key to a blockbuster deal...

  • New York Mets minor league pitcher Nicolas Debora has been handed a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol, as reported by Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. Not the way any 18-year-old wants to kick off their career.
  • The Cleveland Indians have released right-handed pitcher Jason Knapp, according to Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer. Knapp hasn't appeared in a game since 2010 and was supposedly the key piece of the deal that sent Cliff Lee to Philadelphia.
  • Kansas City Royals minor league pitcher Jose Geraldo violated MLB's drug program and has been handed a suspension of 50 games, reports Bob Dutton of The Kansas City Star. Geraldo is with Kansas City's Dominican Summer League squad.