Mets Minor Leaguer Peterson suspended for 80 games

NEW YORK -- Mets farmhand Tim Peterson received an 80-game suspension Tuesday after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of Minor League Baseball's Drug Prevention and Treatment program. The suspension will begin at the start of the 2015 season.

Peterson, 23, posted a 4.28 ERA over three levels last season, reaching Double-A Binghamton. The right-hander appeared in a total of 33 games, 32 of them as a reliever, striking out 70 batters in 54 2/3 innings.

Peterson was the organization's 20th-round Draft choice in 2012.

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