Ex-Rangers minor leaguer suspended 100 games for drugs violation

NEW YORK (AP) — Free agent left-hander Chad James has been suspended 100 games under baseball’s minor league drug program following a second positive test for amphetamines and a third positive test for a drug of abuse.

The commissioner’s office announced the suspension Wednesday.

The 18th overall pick in the 2009 draft by the Miami Marlins, James made 13 relief appearances last season for Double-A Frisco in the Texas Rangers system. He is 22-44 with a 4.51 ERA in six minor league seasons.

James’ suspension will begin once he signs with another major league organization.

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There have been 96 suspensions this year under the minor league program, including 38 for drugs of abuse.