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Padres minor league catcher and free agent pitcher get 50-game drug suspensions

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NEW YORK, N.Y. - A minor league catcher in the San Diego Padres' organization and a free agent pitcher have been suspended 50 games each for drug violations.

The commissioner's office announced the penalties Monday.

Rodney Daal from the Padres' system was suspended for a second violation for a drug of abuse. He is on the roster of the Single-A Eugene Emeralds of the Northwest League.

Right-handed pitcher Nick Fleece also was penalized for a second violation for a drug of abuse. His ban will become effective if he signs with a big league organization.

There have been 29 players suspended this year under the minor league drug program.

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