Minor league pitcher Justin Dowdy suspended

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Free agent pitcher Justin Dowdy has been suspended for 50 games under baseball's minor league drug program for refusing to take a test.

The suspension, announced Wednesday by Major League Baseball, will start when the 28-year-old left-hander signs with a big league organization.

Dowdy has been in the minors since 2001 with the organizations of the Chicago White Sox, San Diego, Seattle, the Angels, Oakland, Tampa Bay and San Francisco. He has never appeared in the major leagues.

Seventeen players have been suspended this year under the minor league drug program.