Minor leaguers receive 50-game drug suspensions

NEW YORK (AP) Two minor league baseball players have been suspended for 50 games without pay for drug violations.

The commissioner's office said Monday that first baseman Austin Byler of the Arizona Diamondbacks organization and pitcher Michael Dimock of the San Diego Padres organization violated the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Byler tested positive for an amphetamine stimulant. He is on the roster of the rookie-level Missoula Osprey of the Pioneer League. His suspension takes effect at the start of the 2016 Pioneer League season.

Dimock was disciplined after a second positive test for a drug of abuse. He is with the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas of the Pacific Coast League. His suspension begins with the start of the 2016 PCL season.

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