Mariners' Choi hit with 50-game doping ban
Choi Ji-Man of the Seattle Mariners poses for a portrait during spring training photo day on February 20, 2014 in Peoria, Arizona - by Norm Hall
The 22-year-old South Korean was found to have the steroid methandienone in his system during a drug test, triggering an immediate ban.
Choi was added to the Mariners' 40-man roster in November but has started this season with Seattle's top developmental club, the Tacoma Rainiers, based near the Mariners in Washington state.
In 10 games this season, Incheon-born Choi batted .394 with one home run and five runs batted in while walking seven times and striking out six in 33 plate appearances.
The Mariners fell to 7-8 this season with an 8-6 loss Thursday at Texas, their third loss in a row to the Rangers. Seattle is level for third place with the Los Angeles Angels in the American League West division.
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