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Free agent pitcher Kyle Pelchy suspended 50 games

Wednesday - 12/19/2012, 5:38pm  ET

NEW YORK (AP) -- Free agent pitcher Kyle Pelchy has been suspended 50 games under baseball's minor league drug program after refusing to take an offseason test.

Pelchy was penalized Wednesday by the commissioner's office. The penalty will start when he signs with a big league organization.

The 23-year-old right-hander was 0-2 with a 5.25 ERA in 12 relief appearances this year for the rookie league Gulf Coast Rays, then was released. He played four years for Virginia Commonwealth and wasn't drafted.

There have been 104 suspensions this year under the minor league drug problem and eight under the major league program.

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