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Atlanta Braves Minor Leaguer Billy Bullock Suspended for Drugs

December 21st, 2012 at 9:20 PM
By Cody Fields

Atlanta Braves minor league pitcher Billy Bullock has been suspended 50 games for a repeated violation of baseballs drug program for a "drug of abuse," Dave O'Brien reports.

The commissioner's office announced the suspension Friday, and while it didn't name a specific drug, this certain portion of the drug abuse program lists certain recreational drugs such as cocaine, LSD, marijuana, opiates, ecstasy, GHB and PCP. Steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs are included in another category.

“We are always disappointed when these events take place,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said, “and we will continue to educate and counsel our players.”

Bullock will turn 25 in February and is currently on the Triple-A Gwinnett roster. Between Gwinnett and Double-A Mississippi last season, Bullock threw 59 2/3 innings with a 6.34 ERA. Though he struck out 67, he also gave up 56 walks.

Atlanta acquired Bullock from the Minnesota Twins in a March 2011 trade in exchange for lefty pitcher Scott Diamond. The Twins had selected him in the 2010 Rule 5 draft.

Bullock will serve his suspension without pay for the first 50 games of the 2013 season.

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