ST. PETERSBURG - APRIL 20: A general view of Tropicana Field as the Tampa Bay Rays played the Minnesota Twins on April 20, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
Tampa Bay Rays minor-league outfielder Deshun Dixon was suspended 50 games for a drug of abuse violation.
Tampa Bay Rays minor-league outfielder Deshun Dixon has been suspended 50 games for a violation of the league's drug policy, according to a Tweet from MLB.com's Adam Berry. Dixon is a member of the Rays Class-A affiliate the Hudson Valley Renegades. The suspension was for a drug of abuse, is effective immediately and is without pay.
Drafted by the Rays in the 10th round of the 2012 MLB draft, Dixon has a career .206 average, a .270 on-base percentage and a .264 slugging average in three years in the minor leagues. Perhaps reflecting the struggles that earned him the suspension, his most recent year was his worst; he was batting a career-worst .193 in 38 games for the Renegades.