Jared Burton, a righty who pitched for the Kane County Cougars and the Dayton Dragons, was given a 50-game suspension Friday after testing positive a second time for a drug of abuse.
The veteran reliever is a free agent after the Texas Rangers released him in June. He pitched in the big leagues for the Cincinnati Reds from 2007 to 2009 (and briefly in 2010 and 2011) and for the Minnesota Twins from 2012 to 2014.
He was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in 2002 and pitched for the Cougars in 2003. He went 2-1 with a 2.27 ERA, one save, 33 strikeouts and seven walks in 31.2 IP (15 games/two starts) for Kane County.
He also pitched an inning for the Dragons during a rehab stint in 2009. He struck out three batters and was awarded the win.