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Former Kingsport Met gets 50-game drug ban

Published On: Apr 23 2013 09:16:34 PM CDT
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NEW YORK -

A minor league pitcher in the New York Mets' organization has drawn a 50-game drug penalty.
 
Right-hander Christian Montgomery was banned Tuesday by the commissioner's office under the minor league program for a second violation for a drug of abuse.
 
The 20-year-old Montgomery made his professional debut last year for rookie level Kingsport in the Appalachian League. He was 0-1 with a 9.39 ERA in two starts.
 
The penalty will take effect when the Appalachian League season begins in late June.
 
There have been 16 suspensions this year under the minor league program.