More proof that it’s not the 1950s is the lingering shadow of doping in sports. While Major League Baseball and the Yankees were attempting Thursday to get details on a stem-cell therapy performed a year ago on pitcher Bartolo Colon -- Colon’s doctor has used banned human growth hormone in similar procedures, though he denied using HGH with Colon -- Amaury Sanit made his big-league debut with the Yankees Thursday night.
Sanit is the 31-year-old Cuban refugee who last year was suspended for 50 games with minor-league Scranton-Wilkes-Barre for using the banned drug Mephentermine, a cardiac stimulant. Having served his time, Sanit returned to Scranton-Wilkes-Barre with a 2-0 record with 24 strikeouts in 16.1 innings this year before the Yankees summoned him.
After starter Ivan Nova was battered for eight runs (four earned) and 10 hits in three-plus innings by Kansas City Thursday night, Sanit was called upon for 4.2 innings of work. He allowed four hits, three runs, walked two, struck out two, hit two batters and threw a wild pitch.