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12/19/2012 4:49 PM ET

Free Agent Minor Leaguer Pelchy Suspended

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that free agent Minor League pitcher Kyle Pelchy has received a 50-game suspension without pay for refusing to take an off-season drug test, a violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The suspension of Pelchy will be effective immediately upon signing with another Major League organization.

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