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August 24, 2012 at 1:43 PM

David Pauley suspended 50 games for violating drug policy

Here is today’s minor-league report. Sorry I’ve been scarce with these lately).

Tough news for pitcher David Pauley today from the commissioner’s office: the 29-year-old Pauley, currently pitching for the Mariners’ Triple-A affiiliate in Tacoma, has been suspended 50 games wthout pay for a violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment program.

According to an MLB press release, Pauley was suspended following a second violation for a drug of abuse. The suspension is effective immediately.

This is not a steroids issue. In speaking to a baseball spokesman, the term “drugs of abuse” refers to what are known by some as “recreational drugs,” including marijuana and cocaine (among several others covered by the program). It is not known what substance Pauley was found to have used.

Pauley pitched 58 games for the Mariners in 2010 and ’11 before being included in the trade with Detroit on July 30, 2011 that sent Doug Fister to the Tigers for a package that included Casper Wells and Charlie Furbush. He had pitched so well for the Mariners in the first half of the 2011 season that he was briefly considered a longshot All-Star candidate.

But Pauley struggled with the Tigers, compiling a 6.41 ERA in 14 games after the trade, and was released during spring training of this year. The Angels signed him on March 23, and brought him to the majors on May 7, but he was designated for assignment on June 18 and claimed by the Blue Jays. Pauley was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on July 2 and became a free agent. The Mariners signed him on July 12 and assigned him to Tacoma.

In 20 games with the Rainiers, which incuded seven starts (and one complete game), Pauley was 3-2 with a 2.43 ERA. He last pitched on Tuesday, a scoreless inning against Reno.

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