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Updated: March 24th, 2012 2:10pm
Minor leaguer Aaron Thompson violates MLB drug policy, out 50 games

Minor leaguer Aaron Thompson violates MLB drug policy, out 50 games

by Phil Mackey
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Major League Baseball announced Saturday that Minnesota Twins left-hander Aaron Thompson was suspended 50 games without after he tested positive for a banned substance.

General manager Terry Ryan confirmed it was a "recreational" substance that triggered the positive test for Thompson, who was reassigned to minor league camp earlier this month.

On March 13, Twins' Domincan Summer leaguers Yeison Florentino and Ezequiel Zarzuela were both suspended as well for testing positive for banned substances.

Thompson, 25, owns a 4.37 career minor league ERA in 783 innings. He signed with the Twins in December as a minor league free agent.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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