Pirates' Lopez suspended for 25 games for drug violation

NEW YORK (AP) Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Junior Lopez has been suspended for 25 games for violating baseball's minor league drug program.

The penalty for the 25-year-old right-hander was announced by the commissioner's office Friday. While the nature of the violation was not announced, the minor league drug program calls for a ban of that length for use or possession of a syringe.

Lopez is on the roster of Bradenton in the Class A Florida State League. He went 3-4 with a 4.25 ERA in 37 relief appearances last year with Bradenton and also pitched in one game for Altoona of the Double-A Eastern League.

There have been 25 suspensions this year under the minor league drug program.

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