MLB Announces Three More Minor League Suspensions

The commissioner's office announced today that three minor league players have been suspended for 50 games without pay following their violations of the drug prevention and treatment program.

• Nationals minor league catcher Mike Albaladejo tested positive for the stimulant Methylhexaneamine. Signed as a nondrafted free agent from Florida Atlantic in July, the 22-year-old batted .234/.294/.234 in 47 at-bats in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League.

• Rays minor league outfielder Deshun Dixon failed two tests for a drug of abuse. A 2010 10th-round pick out of high school in Jackson, Miss., he batted .193/.283/.264 in 140 at-bats for short-season Hudson Valley this season.

• Free agent righthander Vince Payne also failed two tests for a drug of abuse. The Pirates released the 21-year-old, a 12th-round selection in 2010 from Cypress (Calif.) JC, after he logged a 9.00 ERA and 2.13 WHIP over 23 relief innings for low Class A West Virginia. Payne's suspension takes effect if and when he signs with another major league organization.

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