Rays Double-A Catcher Receives Suspension

Rays minor league catcher Mark Thomas flunked two tests for recreational drug use and received a 50-game suspension, Major League Baseball announced today.

The 25-year-old Thomas shared catching responsibilities at Double-A Montgomery this season with Mayo Acosta, though he hit just .151/.195/.274 in 202 plate appearances.

Tampa Bay selected Thomas in the 22nd round of the 2006 draft, then signed him the following May out of Young Harris (Ga.) JC. He will qualify for minor league free agency in November if he doesn’t work out a new agreement with the Rays.