FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan says minor league pitcher Aaron Thompson is facing a 50-game suspension for violating baseball’s drug policy.

No penalty has been announced by the commissioner’s office involving the 25-year-old left-hander, who is not on the Twins’ 40-man major league roster. Thompson still has time to appeal.

Ryan said Saturday that suspension involved “recreational drug use.”

Taken by the Florida Marlins with the 22nd pick on the first round of the 2005 amateur draft, Thompson made his major league debut with Pittsburgh last year, when he had a 7.04 ERA in one start and four release appearances.

Says Ryan: “We’re going to keep him. He’s just suspended without pay. When you got 160 kids — and this guy is not a kid — there is no excuse. So we’re going to take of it. I’m disappointed in that.”

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Comments (5)
  1. StanleyPeterson says:

    Next like the North Dakota Fighting Souix you will be sent to Middle River-Newfolden for 7 years..for not being political correct (DFL)…ouch!

  2. Ruth says:

    Bud Selig should do the same for ALL of MLB. First time 50 game suspension; after that, you’re out of baseball FOREVER!

    1. jackactionhero says:

      For recreational drug use?

      I think you’re missing the point of the rules.

  3. Alba says:

    Was a big TT fan back in the day, there are some (rare) 12 mixes off of their second album Set’. I perefr the less commerical sound of A product of’ and Set’ when they were a 7 piece band before going mainstream with tracks like this, but all still great!

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