Reds pitcher Edinson Volquez suspended 50 games for drug, OH (AP) - Cincinnati Reds' pitcher Edinson Volquez has been suspended 50 games for using performance enhancing drugs. Edinson Volquez is currently on the 60-day disabled list, recovering from arm surgery. He wasn't expected to pitch until the 2nd half of the season.

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon that Edinson Volquez was suspended for a "violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program".

Edinson Volquez went 17-6 for the Reds in 2008 when he made the National League All-Star team. The 26-year-old was 4-2 last season prior to needing surgery.
He becomes the 1st player suspended under the major league drug program since Manny Ramirez of Los Angeles Dodgers was penalized 50 games last May.

The suspension of Edinson Volquez will be effective Wednesday.

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