Braves minor leaguer suspended

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) -- Atlanta Braves second baseman Brandon Monk was
suspended for 50 games today following a positive test for a
performance-enhancing drug under baseball's minor league program.

Monk, a 20-year-old Valley, Alabama., native and graduate of
LaGrange (Georgia) High School, was selected by the Braves in the
seventh round of the 2005 amateur draft and was hitting .174 with
no homers and six RBIs this season at Rome of the Class A South
Atlantic League.

Braves general manager John Schuerholz said the suspension would
not affect Monk's standing in the organization.

Schuerholz said, "No. He made a mistake. He's a good
kid. There are rules and regulations in baseball and they
determined he was in violation and he was suspended."

When asked if he had any comment on Monk, Braves manager Bobby
Cox said, "No. I don't even know that kid."

In 2006, Monk hit .205 at Rome and .162 at Danville of the Class
A Appalachian League.

Monk's suspension began today.


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