Jays minor-leaguer Farina gets 50-game suspension

The Sports Xchange
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Toronto Blue Jays minor league right-hander Alan Farina was suspended for the first 50 games of the upcoming season due to a violation of baseball's drug policy.
According to the commissioner's office, Farina was penalized for his second violation of the ban on "drugs of abuse." That's the term baseball uses for prohibited substances that aren't considered performance-enhancing.
Farina, 26, spent last season with high Class A Dunedin, going 1-2 with a 5.17 ERA in 24 relief appearances. He is on the Dunedin roster again this winter.
Farina was Toronto's third-round draft pick in 2007 out of Clemson University. In six minor league seasons, he has a 10-10 record with 19 saves and a 3.50 ERA over 138 appearances (five starts).