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Cody Rogers suspended 50 games for refusing to take drug test

Rays minor-leaguer Cody Rogers refused to take an offseason drug test, so Major League Baseball suspended him.

Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Major League Baseball suspended Tampa Bay Rays prospect Cody Rogers 50 games on Monday for his refusal to take an offseason drug test. Rogers spent the 2012 season playing for the Charlotte Stone Crabs, which is a Single-A affiliate of the Rays in the Florida State League.

Rogers hit .244/.312/.343 with four home runs, 22 stolen bases and 38 RBI for the Stone Crabs. He was originally a seventh round pick of the Rays back in 2009, and he hasn't been able to advance past the Single-A level in the minors. For his minor league career, he's hitting .248/.324/.401 and has 30 home runs to go with 114 stolen bases.

Rogers does not rank among the top prospects in the Tampa Bay system, according to Baseball America and Beyond The Box Score. Back in April, Rays Digest ranked him 49th in the Rays system.

The Rays organization has not yet responded to the news of Rogers' suspension.

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