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Angels minor leaguer Ramirez suspended for third drug violation

The Canadian Press

1/2/2014 8:14:17 PM

NEW YORK - Los Angeles Angels catcher Carlos Ramirez has been suspended 100 games for a third positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of baseball's minor league drug program.

Ramirez is currently on the roster of Triple-A Salt Lake and the suspension, announced Thursday, will begin at the start of the Bees' season.

Ramirez, who will turn 26 in March, served a 50-game suspension for his second offence at the start of last season. Playing for Double-A Arkansas, he batted .206 with six homers and 22 RBIs in 48 games.

There were 60 suspensions last year under the minor league drug program and 16 under the major league program.