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G-Braves player suspended after prostitution arrest

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Deunte Heath, who pitched for Gwinnett part of last season, was suspended indefinitely by the Atlanta Braves on Friday after being arrested in an online prostitution sting.

Heath, 24, was caught Thursday night in a Kissimmee police operation that used Web sites like craiglist.org to advertise potential sexual liaisons. The pitcher was picked up after 6 p.m. as he tried to make an arranged meeting, police said. He was charged with soliciting a prostitute.

Braves director of player development Kurt Kemp announced Friday that Heath had been sent home. The team said that he was gathering information regarding the charges and will have no further comment at this time.

Heath was 0-1 with a 9.64 ERA in seven games for the Class AAA G-Braves last season and 2-5 with a 4.16 ERA in 25 games for Class AA Mississippi.

The right-hander was drafted in the 19th round by Atlanta in 2006. The Decatur resident pitched for the University of Tennessee.