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Braves minor leaguer suspended 50 games

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Atlanta Braves minor league catcher Orrin Sears was suspended 50 games after a positive test for metabolites of Methandienone, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Friday.

A 24th-round selection in the 2013 draft, Sears will begin serving his suspension without pay at the start of the regular season in accordance with the minor league drug prevention and treatment program.

The 22-year-old Sears played in 31 games as a catcher and designated hitter with the Braves' Gulf Coast League rookie team last season. He batted .247 with one home run, 16 RBIs, seven walks and 22 strikeouts in 81 at-bats.

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