Former New York Mets outfielder Jason Pridie was suspended for 50 games after a second violation of minor league baseball’s drug rules.
The 28-year-old player, now in the Oakland Athletics’ organization, failed a test for a recreational drug and will be banned effective at the start of the season, according to a statement today from the office of Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig. The substance, classified as a “drug of abuse” rather than a performance-enhancer, wasn’t identified in the news release.
Pridie played in 101 games for the Mets last year, hitting .231 with four home runs and 28 runs scored. He is on the roster of the Sacramento River Cats of the Pacific Coast League, a Triple-A affiliate of the Athletics, according to MLB.
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