Red Sox pitching prospect Price suspended 50 games over drugs wire reports

NEW YORK -- Boston Red Sox pitcher Mathew Price has been suspended for 50 games for a second violation for a drug of abuse under the minor-league drug program.

A 22-year-old right-hander from Virginia Tech taken in the eighth round of the 2010 amateur draft, Price had made one appearance this season for Class A Greenville of the South Atlantic League. He had been on the disabled list since April 5.

The suspension announced Friday was the 40th this year under the minor-league program, including 15 for drugs of abuse.

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