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Jared Burton, ex-Twins reliever, barred 50 games for 2nd positive drug test

Former big league pitcher Jared Burton has been suspended 50 games under baseball's minor league drug program following a second positive test for a drug of abuse.

Suspension begins when he signs MLB team

Former Twins relief pitcher Jared Burton has been suspended 50 games under baseball's minor league drug program following a second positive test for a drug of abuse. He also pitched in the major for Cincinnati from 2007 to 2011, going a combined 18-19 with a 3.44 ERA and 10 saves in 367 relief appearances. He spent part of last season in the Yankees organization with triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images/File)

Former big league pitcher Jared Burton has been suspended 50 games under baseball's minor league drug program following a second positive test for a drug of abuse.

The 34-year-old right-hander pitched for Cincinnati (2007-11) and Minnesota (2012-14), going 18-19 with a 3.44 earned-run average and 10 saves in 367 relief appearances.

He spent last year with triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Class A Tampa in the New York Yankees organization and Triple-A Round Rock in the Texas organization, going 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA in 16 appearances.

He is a free agent, and his suspension will start when he signs with a big league organization.

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

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