Twins prospect Rosario suspended for 50 games

Eddie Rosario hit a combined .302 in two minor-league stops last season.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Twins prospect Eddie Rosario has been suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball for a failed drug test, the league announced Saturday.

It marks the second time the 22-year-old Rosario has had a positive test for a drug of abuse. A third such test would result in a 100-game suspension. The current suspension is only 50 games because it is not for a performance enhancing drug.

Rosario is considered one of the Twins’ top prospects. He advanced to Double-A New Britain last season and batted a combined .302 with 10 home runs and 73 RBI in 122 games with High-A Fort Myers and New Britain in 2013.

Rosario also played in the Arizona Fall League after the season and was named to the Future Stars team there.

The Puerto Rico native began his minor league career as an outfielder but was converted to a second baseman in 2012. Rosario wasn’t going to be in the mix to break camp with the Twins this year, and he’ll now be forced to miss the first 50 games of 2014.

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