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03/12/12 6:25 PM ET

Pridie suspended 50 games for drug violation

A's outfielder, who played for Mets last year, is on Triple-A roster

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A's outfielder Jason Pridie has been suspended 50 games for a second drug violation under baseball's Minor League testing program, the Commissioner's Office announced Monday.

Pridie was reassigned to Minor League camp as part of the first round of cuts on Sunday, and he'll be allowed to continue play in Cactus League games, as Manny Ramirez is doing. Listed on Triple-A Sacramento's roster, his suspension will be effective at the start of the season.

"As with all suspensions, it's disappointing," A's general manager Billy Beane said.

Pridie, who hit .231 with four home runs and 20 RBIs in 101 games for the Mets last season, was signed to a Minor League deal by the A's this offseason and was never expected to break camp on the club's 25-man roster, given an already crowded outfield scene.

Monday's news simply ruled out the possibility.

"Just like in any Spring Training, a lot of it comes down to numbers and whether he'll be here or in Triple-A or Double-A," Beane said. "Certainly, being suspended doesn't help you battle for a job."

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