Arias suspended 50 games

Updated: February 4, 2009, 3:34 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Florida Marlins infielder Pascual Arias was suspended for 50 games Tuesday by the baseball commissioner's office after testing positive for a performance-enchancing substance under the sport's minor league drug program.

Arias, who played in the Dominican summer league last year, tested positive for metabolites of stanozolol. The suspension will start at the beginning of the season.

He is the fifth minor leaguer suspended this year under the program, the fourth for performance-enchancing drugs. One was banned after a positive test for a drug of abuse.

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