NEW YORK -- St. Louis Cardinals minor league pitcher Deryk Hooker was suspended for 50 games Thursday after testing positive for drug of abuse under the sport's minor league program.
The 19-year-old from San Diego was 0-1 with a 1.61 ERA in four starts last season at Quad Cities of the Class A Midwest League after going 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA and one save in eight starts and three relief appearances at Johnson City of the Appalachian League.
Hooker, a seventh-round pick in the 2007 amateur draft, was slated to be in Quad Cities rotation this season.
"We're disappointed," Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said. "How he deals with it will be a big test for him."