Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Troy Patton was suspended for 25 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for amphetamine use.
The ban will begin with the start of the 2014 season, Commissioner Bud Selig’s office said in a news release.
Patton, 28, pitched in 56 games last season for the Orioles, posting a 3.70 earned run average and a 2-0 record while striking out 42 and walking 16.
In five major-league seasons, four with Baltimore and one with the Houston Astros, he has a 3.08 ERA and a 5-3 record.
The penalty for amphetamines, a stimulant, is less than the 50-game ban for a first-time steroids offense under MLB’s substance abuse policy.
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