Parker suspended

Orioles minor league pitcher Brian Parker has received a 50-game suspension from the office of the commissioner after a second positive test for a “drug of abuse” that violates the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The suspension for Parker, currently on Double-A Bowie’s roster, will begin at the start of the 2010 season.

Parker led Single-A Frederick with 35 appearances last season, going 4-3 with a 4.31 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 64 2/3 innings.

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