100-game suspension, San Francisco Giants reliever Guillermo Mota was suspended for 100 games on Monday, becoming just the third major league player penalized twice for positive drug tests.--LOS ANGELES --
The commissioner's office said the 38-year-old right-hander tested positive for Clenbuterol. In November 2006, while with the New York Mets, Mota was suspended for the first 50 games of the next season.
"We won't have Mota for a while. It is what it is, and you move on," manager Bruce Bochy said before the Giants began a three-game series against the Dodgers. "If we get into a situation where we need a pitcher, we're going to have to make a change. Right now we're going with 11 pitchers, and if we have to adjust, we will. We've got some pretty good options, we think, and Brian (Sabean) and I will continue to talk about them."
Mota's agent Adam Katz said in a statement that the Clenbuterol was in children's cough syrup.
"Players are responsible for what they put in their bodies. Guillermo understands that," 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."
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