MLB Announces Another Trio Of 50-Game Drug Suspensions

The number of minor leaguers serving 50-game suspensions grew by three today when the commissioner's office announced that a trio of players—including one with more than two years of major league service—had violated the game's joint drug agreement.

• Mariners minor league righthander David Pauley incurred his penalty following a second violation for a drug of abuse. The 29-year-old veteran made a total of 10 relief appearances this year for the Angels and Blue Jays prior to electing free agency on July 6 and signing a minor league deal with Seattle. Pauley enjoyed his only measure of big league success as a reliever for the Mariners in 2010 and ’11, though that success proved fleeting after he joined the Tigers in July of last year as the other pitcher Detroit received in the Doug Fister deal.

• Tigers minor league right fielder D.J. Driggers batted just .160/.240/.234 in 94 at-bats for the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League club following his selection in the 22nd round of the year's draft. The 20-year-old Middle Georgia JC product tested positive for a metabolite of Drostanolone and will sit for 50 games without pay, assuming Detroit doesn't release him.

• White Sox minor league shortstop Carlos Gonzalez of the Dominican Summer League tested positive for metabolites of Stanozolol. He signed for $50,000 out of the D.R. last October and batted .215/.329/.251 in 191 DSL at-bats this year.