Former Giant Frandsen suspended 50 games

Former Giant Frandsen suspended 50 games
May 11, 2011, 10:17 pm
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May 11, 2011MLB PAGE MLB SCOREBOARD

NEW YORK (AP) Phillies second baseman Kevin Frandsen was suspended for 50 games Wednesday following a positive test under baseball's minor league drug program.

A veteran of five seasons with the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Angels, Frandsen signed a minor league contract with the Phillies on April 1. He became a free agent in December when the Angels declined to offer a 2011 contract, then went to spring training with the San Diego Padres, who released him on March 25.

The commissioner's office said he tested positive for Ritalinic Acid.

The 28-year-old a .243 career average with seven homers and 53 RBIs. He is hitting .321 this season at the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

In addition, free agent outfielder Joe Dickerson was suspended for 50 games after testing positive for an amphetamine. The penalty will start after he signs with a major league organization.