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Braves suspend Minors pitcher Heath

Braves suspend prospect pitcher Heath

Braves Minor League pitcher Deunte Heath has been suspended indefinitely, the organization announced on Friday afternoon.

The announcement comes in the wake of multiple news outlets' reports, detailing Heath's Thursday night arrest in conjunction with an online prostitution sting. On Friday morning, it was reported that the 24-year-old was arrested around 6 p.m. ET Thursday and charged with two misdemeanors, before being released on a $10,000 bond on Friday.

According to reports, police in Kissimmee, Fla., say that Heath responded to an Internet advertisement for prostitution and then agreed to pay a decoy $75 for sexual acts.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution adds that Heath was arrested at an area apartment and charged with "assignation to commit prostitution and entering a dwelling to commit prostitution."

The Braves' statement also said the club continues to gather information relating to the charges and that Heath had been sent home to Decatur, Ga.

The 24-year-old is not on the Braves' 40-man roster and was in Florida participating in the Braves' Minor League Spring Training camp.

Heath pitched in 32 games last season between Triple-A Gwinnett and Double-A Mississippi, turning in a 2-6 record, with a 5.20 ERA. He was selected by Atlanta in the 19th round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

Bailey Stephens is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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