Cincinnati Reds pitcher Edinson Volquez has been suspended 50 games following a positive test for performance-enhancing drugs.

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Major League Baseball announced the penalty Tuesday.
Volquez is recovering from surgery on his right elbow and is expecting back around midseason. He was an All-Star in 2008 when he went 17-6 for the Reds.
The 26-year-old starter was 4-2 last season.
Volquez is the first player suspended under the major league drug program since Manny Ramirez of the Los Angeles Dodgers was penalized 50 games last May.

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Posted: 4/21/10 12:50AM ET