Former Minnesota Twins minor league pitcher and Minnesota native Mark Hamburger has been suspended without pay for 50 games without pay after a second violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program for a drug of abuse according to the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball. The suspension of Hamburger who is currently a free agent will start immediately upon his signing with another Major League organization.
The Twins had signed Hamburger as an amateur free agent in 2007 after he attended one of their open tryout camps. Hamburger pitched in the Twins minor league system in 2007 and part of 2008 before the Twins traded him to the Texas Rangers for Eddie Guardado. Hamburger made his big league debut with the Rangers in August 2011 and pitched in 5 games for the Rangers and posted a 1-0 record with a 4.50 ERA in just 8 innings. In June of 2012 he was picked up by the San Diego Padres on waivers and then just a month later he was again waived and this time he was picked up by the Houston Astros only to be released by the Astros this month.