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Rays minor league pitcher Guerrieri suspended

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Published:   |   Updated: October 18, 2013 at 07:11 PM

Taylor Guerrieri, the Tampa Bay Rays' first pick in the 2011 draft, has violated the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program for a second time and received a 50-game suspension.

The right-handed pitcher tested positive for a drug of abuse, according to the baseball commissioner's office.

Guerrieri, 20, is the 13th member of the Rays' minor-league system to be suspended for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug or drug of abuse since 2012. He is the third first-round pick by the Rays to be suspended during that time, joining Tim Beckham (marijuana) and Josh Sale (PED).

Guerrieri, selected 24th overall in 2011, made 14 starts in 2013 for low Class A Bowling Green before being sidelined with an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery in late July.

He was 6-2 with a 2.01 ERA.

His suspension will begin at the start of the 2014 season, meaning Guerrieri will still be rehabbing from his surgery while under suspension.

The Rays issued the following statement Friday:

"Taylor's actions are very disappointing. We will continue our work to educate him on the responsibilities he has not only to himself, but to his teammates, his coaches, the Rays organization and our fans."

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