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Marlins' Fermin receives 50-game suspension

Pitcher violates Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program

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Marlins Minor League pitcher Ronny Fermin has been suspended 50 games for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Fermin, 19, signed a Minor League contract with the Marlins in November. The Dominican right-hander received the suspension after testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance.

The suspension will be effective immediately upon the start of the Gulf Coast League season, where Fermin is currently listed as a member of the Marlins' Rookie-level club.

Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @paul_casella. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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