ARLINGTON TX - OCTOBER 30: Guillermo Mota #59 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Texas Rangers in Game Three of the 2010 MLB World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 30 2010 in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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When Alberto Contador tested positive for Clenbuterol after his Tour de France victory in 2010, he claimed that he ate food that was contaminated with the banned substance. Now in 2012 San Francisco Giants reliever Guillermo Mota has tested positive for the same substance, and is blaming it on children's cough syrup, though that may not have much affect on his appeal.
Mota is now seen as a two-time offender, meaning he can not play during his appeal. But if his appeal process does indeed prove that his positive test was for trace amounts of Clenbuterol in a child's medicine, 100 games seems incredibly acute.
"Players are responsible for what they put in their bodies. Guillermo understands that," agent Adam Katz said. "A 100-game suspension for taking a children's cough medicine that contains trace amounts of a prohibited substance, which is what happened here, is severe and unfair and does not reflect the intention of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. We will appeal it."
"We're pretty beat up right now as a team," said left-hander Barry Zito, who couldn't preserve a tie in the sixth. "We're sustaining blow after blow. Losing (Guillermo) Mota was the latest blow. It just keeps coming."
Hopefully this appeal will shine some more light on the situation, as the Giants could certainly use some good news.
about 1 year ago Update 0 comments
If the San Francisco Giants bullpen wasn't already in enough trouble with the loss of Brian Wilson and the temporary absence of Jeremy Affeldt, the loss of long-reliever Guillermo Mota is yet another big blow to not only the bullpen as Mota makes the fourth member of the bullpen to start the season to no be gone, but to the team at large as well.
But Mota may not have to serve his complete suspension as it was reported by the AP on Monday afternoon that the MLB Players Association has filed an appeal to be heard by an outside arbitrator.
The Major League Baseball Players Association filed a grievance challenging the suspension that will be heard by an arbitrator. Under baseball's drug agreement, grievances for initial positive tests are heard before a suspension is announced but cases involving second or third positives are argued after the penalty is made public.
Here is San Francisco Chronicle beat writer Hank Schulman with some additional info:
As a second-time offender, Mota was not given the opportunity to appeal and continue playing during the appeal. He can appeal now.— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) May 7, 2012
Schulman would also note that Clenbuterol, the drug Mota tested positive for, was the same one that cost Alberto Contador the Tour De France, though he claimed food contamination.
This certainly leaves the Giants bullpen in a tough spot, with Casilla, Lopez, and Romo completely surrounded by Fresno's finests. San Francisco will go with a six man bullpen for now, but will likely make a move to pick up someone (like Roy Oswalt) or just pull up another arm from the farm (much more likely).
Mota is 39-45 along with 10 saves in 726 career games with the Montrea Expos, Los Angeles Dodgers, Florida Marlins, Cleveland Indians, New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers and now in his third season with San Francisco. If his suspension is upheld, the earliest he could return in August 28.
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