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Reds Minor League pitcher Clarke suspended

Reds Minor League pitcher Clarke suspended

Reds Minor League pitcher Clarke suspended
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced on Monday that Reds Minor League pitcher Mitchell Clarke has received a 50-game suspension without pay following a second violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program for a drug of abuse.

Clarke, who is on the Class A Dayton roster, will begin serving his suspension at the start of next season.

The 22-year-old left-hander was a 19th-round pick by the Reds in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, out of Ontario, Canada. He pitched in only one game this season, on June 24, for the Reds' rookie affiliate in Arizona. Last season, he was 4-3 with a 3.06 ERA in 14 games split between Dayton and rookie league Billings.

Andrew Simon is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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