Orioles' Adams suspended 25 games

Norfolk infielder tested positive for an amphetamine

Baltimore's Ryan Adams played in 65 games for Triple-A Norfolk in 2012. (Ken Inness/MiLB.com)

By Danny Wild / MLB.com | November 2, 2012 12:48 PM ET

Orioles Minor League infielder Ryan Adams received a 25-game suspension on Friday after testing positive for an amphetamine.

Adams, who spent most of the 2012 season with Triple-A Norfolk, will begin serving the suspension at the start of next season. The positive test was a violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program -- Adams had been a member of the Orioles' 40-man roster at the time the test was administered.

Adams appeared in 65 games with the Tides after four rehab starts with two of Baltimore's short-season affiliates. He hit .225 with four homers and 21 RBIs a year after playing in 29 Major League games with the Orioles.

A second-round pick in 2006, Adams led Triple-A Norfolk with 28 doubles and three triples in 2011 after setting the single-season team record at Double-A Bowie with 43 doubles in 2010.

MLB has suspended 97 players in 2012 under the Minor League drug program, although Adams' ban falls under the Major League program.

Danny Wild is an editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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