Yankees minor leaguer suspended for drug violation

New York Yankees catcher Ryan Baker has been suspended 50 games

for refusing to take an offseason drug test in violation of

baseball’s minor league drug program.

Baker made just two appearances last season, as a pitcher for

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Baker, who will be 29 in November,

has been in the Yankees system since 2008 without reaching the

majors.

He is currently on the roster of Class-A Charleston of the South

Atlantic League. The suspension announced Wednesday will begin at

the start of the RiverDogs’ season.

There have been 60 suspensions this year under the minor league

drug program and 15 under the major league program.