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April 17, 2013 at 8:22 PM

Pena, Bautista suspended 50 games

Minor league pitchers Mickey Pena and Gerson Bautista have been suspended for 50 games after violating minor league baseball's drug program.

Pena, a projectable left-hander with a four pitch mix, allowed only one run in four innings of work on Tuesday, in what will be his last game for at least two months. The 22-year-old had a 3.46 ERA in 13 innings with Salem this season after pitching to a 2.95 ERA in 100 2/3 innings with Greenville last season. 

Pena failed a second test for a drug of abuse, while Bautista tested positive for the anabolic steroid Stanozolol. Bautista is a 17-year-old preparing to play in the Dominican Summer League. Pena has had character concerns throughout his career, which includes being sent home from the Cape Cod League for disciplinary reasons. Leonel Escobar was activated from the seven day disabled list to fill Pena's roster spot. 

Photo Credit: Mickey Pena by William Parmeter

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