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Sox prospect suspended for drug violation

A member of the Red Sox organization was among four minor league players suspended for 15 games today by the commissioner's office for violating baseball's drug policies.

Relief pitcher Felix Romero of the Wilmington Blue Rocks (a Class-A Red Sox affiliate) was suspended today, though the exact violation is unclear. The Dominican Republic native was picked up by the Red Sox as a minor league free agent in 2004.

The 24-year-old Romero is 1-4 with a 2.48 ERA in 29 innings this season with the Blue Rocks. He has 33 strikeouts and seven walks in 29 innings.

The four players suspended were Romero, Angel Rocha, a pitcher in the Arizona organization; Mario Delgado, a first baseman with Baltimore; and David Smith, an outfielder with Toronto.

That brings to 70 the number of minor leaguers penalized for violations under the minor league program. Five have been suspended under the major league policy. Romero is believed to be the first player affiliated with the Red Sox to be penalized.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this story.

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