Pichardo Back from Suspended List

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Giants pitcher Kelvin Pichardo has come off the suspended list following a 50-game penalty because of a positive test for a banned performance-enhancing substance under Major League Baseball's drug program.

The 23-year-old Dominican right-hander, who has never appeared in the major leagues, was 2-4 with a 2.48 ERA in 48 relief appearances last season at Double-A Connecticut of the Eastern League. He was optioned to Triple-A Fresno on March 5.

The Giants said for now he is working at the team's extended spring training complex in Arizona and then will be assigned to either Connecticut or Fresno.

To clear room on the 40-man roster for Pichardo, the Giants designated left-hander Pat Misch for assignment.