Minor League pitcher Covington suspended 50 games

CINCINNATI -- Reds Minor League pitcher Vaughn Covington was suspended for 50 games by Major League Baseball on Friday after a second drug violation. Covington is on the rookie level Arizona League Reds roster, and his suspension without pay will begin once the team's season starts.

Covington, 19, was an 11th round Draft pick of the Reds in 2011 out of British Columbia, Canada.

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