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Former Arizona baseball standout JJ Matijevic suspended for failed drug test

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The professional career of a former Arizona Wildcats baseball standout has taken a major hit due to a failed drug test, the second he’s had since getting drafted less than two years ago.

JJ Matijevic, who had been playing first base for the Houston Astros’ Double-A affiliate in Corpus Christi, Texas, has been suspended 50 games for a second positive test for a “drug of abuse,” according to Chandler Rome of Houston Chronicle. The specific drug was not revealed.

A 2017 second-round pick of the Astros, Matijevic was hitting .240 with two home runs and seven RBI in 19 games this season with Corpus Christi. He has 31 homers, 100 RBI and a .257 average in 179 career minor league games.

The 23-year-old Matijevic played for Arizona from 2015-17, hitting .383 with 10 homers and 65 RBI as a junior in 2017. In 2016 he had hits in 11 of 15 postseason games during the Wildcats’ run to the College World Series runner-up finish.