2 minor leaguers suspended for drugs of abuse

NEW YORK (AP) San Diego catcher Rodney Daal and free agent right-hander Nick Fleece have been suspended for 50 games each for violations of the baseball’s minor league drug program.

Each player committed a second violation involving a drug of abuse, the commissioner’s office said Monday.

Daal, 20, is with the Eugene Emeralds of the Class A Northwest League. The 25-year-old Fleece, a 13th-round draft pick in 2011, was released by Cincinnati, and his suspension will start when he signs with another big league organization.

There have been 28 players suspended this year under the minor league drug program.

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