Tigers minor league shortstop JaCoby Jones suspended 50 games for drug of abuse

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NEW YORK — Detroit Tigers shortstop JaCoby Jones has been suspended for 50 games following a positive test for a drug of abuse under baseball's minor league drug program.

Jones had been with the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League and will miss the rest of the AFL season. He is on the roster of the Double-A Erie SeaWolves of the Eastern League.

Detroit acquired Jones in July in the trade that sent right-hander Joakim Soria to Pittsburgh. Jones, 23, hit .257 with 16 homers and 80 RBIs with three teams at Class A and Double-A this year

Jones' suspension was announced Thursday by the commissioner's office. There have been 93 suspensions this year under the minor league program, including 35 for drugs of abuse.

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