MLB suspends Angels minor-league catcher Carlos Ramirez.

Carlos RamirezMajor League Baseball announced Friday that Carlos Ramirez, who is currently playing for the Angels’ Double-A affiliate, has been suspended 50 games without pay for a second violation for a drug of abuse.

The Arkansas Travelers’ season begins today. Ramirez’s suspension is effective immediately.

A 34th-round draft pick in 2007 out of Chandler-Gilbert (Ariz.) Community College, Ramirez batted .204/.312/.276 for the Travelers last season. During the open competition for the Angels’ backup catcher position in spring training, Ramirez remained in the Angels’ minor-league camp.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.