Baltimore Orioles left hander Troy Patton will be spending some time in the MLB punishment room to start the 2014 season. The league announced Friday that the pitcher has been suspended 25 games for violation of league policies after testing positive for amphetamines.
The suspension indicates that this was a second positive test for Patton. The lefty became the 15th player suspended this year under MLB’s drug policy.
Patton has performed well the last three years as a reliever for Baltimore. Two years ago he posted a 2.43 ERA in 54 appearances with a WHIP of 1.024. Last year he appeared in 56 games, posting a 3.70 ERA and 1.304 WHIP.
Patton is under contract with the Orioles until 2017.