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Cardinals say Simmons violated drug policy

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals have released outfielder Nelson Simmons from the roster of the team's Class AAA affiliate at Louisville, Ky., because he admitted he violated the club's substance-abuse policy.

'When Nelson Simmons was brought to the Cardinal organization, he came with the understanding that he would be tested randomly for substance abuse,' the Cardinals said in a prepared statement released Thursday.

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'He has tested positive and has been released as of April 13,' the statement said.

Simmons told the Louisville Courier-Journal he had admitted to club officials that he used marijuana on the night of the team's final roster cut.

Simmons, 25, was a non-roster invitee to the Cardinals' training camp this spring.

He played parts of two seasons with the Detroit Tigers and appeared in 16 games with the Baltimore Orioles in 1987. Last season, he batted .307 in 128 games with Calgary of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League but did not appear in the majors.

In his major-league career, Simmons has a lifetime batting average of .261 with 11 home runs and 41 RBI in 100 games.

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