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Dodgers Suspend Cuban Prospect Erisbel Arruebarrena

Cuban SS Erisbel Arruebarrena was suspended for the remainder of the 2016 season by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday for 'failure to comply with the terms of his contract.'

LOS ANGELES – It has been a bumpy road for Dodgers prospect Erisbel Arruebarrena.

On Wednesday, the team announced that the Cuban shortstop was suspended for the remainder of the season, the second time in as many years he has received such discipline.

Arruebarrena was also suspended in May of 2015 for the remainder of that season, but after an appeal to the commissioner's office, the suspension was reduced to 30 games.

"We have suspended Erisbel Arruebarrena for the remainder of the season for his repeated failure to comply with the terms of his contract," Dodgers' director of player development Gabe Kapler said in a statement. 

The violation in question is unknown at this time, but presumably is the same reason Arruebarrena was suspended last season. 

No stranger to controversy, Arruebarrena incited a melee during a minor league game in 2014 that led to 10 ejections. 


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Arruebarrena was signed out of Cuba before the 2014 season on a five-year $25 million contract. He was called up to the Majors in Septemeber of that season, and appeared in 22 games, going 8-for-41 with a .195 batting average.

He spent most of 2015 in Double-A Tulsa before he was suspended, and started there this season hitting .182 with four home runs in just 17 games. 

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