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Mets minor league pitcher gets 50-game drug ban

Tuesday - 4/23/2013, 7:18pm  ET

NEW YORK (AP) -- 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.

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