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JOHNSON CITY, TN (KTVI) – A Cardinals minor league prospect has been suspended for refusal to take a drug test.

Luke Doyle, second baseman for the Johnson City Cardinals, will begin serving a 100-game suspension once his current suspension ends.

Doyle, 20, was hit with a 50-game suspension in March after testing positive for amphetamine, which is considered a “drug of abuse.” By refusing to take this recent drug test, Doyle has been treated as if he tested positive a second time for a drug of abuse.

The 100-game suspension will be served without pay.

According to Major League Baseball, if Doyle tests positive for a drug of abuse again, he will be given a lifetime ban.

The Johnson City Cardinals play in the Appalachian League, which operates as a rookie league in the minors.