Minor Leaguer Sturdevant suspended for PED violation

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Indians Minor League pitcher Tyler Sturdevant was suspended by Major League Baseball on Wednesday for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The 29-year-old Sturdevant received a 50-game suspension by MLB for testing positive for amphetamine. Sturdevant's suspension will begin with the start of the International League season, because he is currently on the roster for Triple-A Columbus.

Last season, Sturdevant posted a 2.65 ERA with 54 strikeouts and 17 walks in 46 appearances (57 2/3 innings) between stints with Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus. Selected by Cleveland in the 27th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, the right-hander has turned in a 2.74 ERA in 185 career outings across six Minor League seasons.

Sturdevant is the third Indians Minor Leaguer to be hit with a suspension for the coming season.

Class A Lake County outfielder Brian Ruiz will serve an 80-game suspension after testing position for a performance-enhancing substance. Double-A pitcher Duke von Schamann is scheduled to serve a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a drug of abuse.

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