Major League Baseball has suspended San Francisco Giant pitcher Guillermo Mota for 100 games after the Dominican born reliever failed a second test for a performance enhancing drug.
The first failed test was back in November 2006 when he was playing for the New York Mets. He would be suspended for 50 games for that infraction. This time he tested positive for a drug named Clenbuterol the same drug Tour de France winner Alberto Contador tested positive for. “The Giants are disappointed to learn of Guillermo Mota’s suspension,” the team said in a statement. Outfielder Manny Ramirez and catcher Eliezer Alfonzo are the only previous players to twice test positive for a performance enhancing drug. When a player tests positive a third time, the league issues a lifetime ban - thus far no player has tested positive three times.
Mota is playing in his 14th big-league season and it’s his third season with the Giants. The 38-year-old right-hander has a 5.06 ERA in 11 innings for the Giants as a middle reliever. When Mota returns to the Giants they will have 34 games left to play this season.
Written by Tim Horodyski, HS-News Sports Writer.