'Spin, Puello suspended 50 games
August, 5, 2013
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
USA TODAY SportsMLB announced 50-game suspensions for Jordany Valdespin and Cesar Puello this afternoon.
The duo were among 12 players across baseball agreeing to the suspensions.
This could signal the end of Valdespin's tumultuous Mets career. He had been on shaky ground anyway because of repeated behavioral issues, including having a blow-up when the Mets demoted him to the minor leagues in mid-July. Valdespin had just returned Sunday with Triple-A Las Vegas from a three-game suspension for his part in a bench-clearing brawl.
The suspensions would drop the Mets' full 40-man roster to 38 players.
Their penalties should be completed this season because suspended 40-man roster players in the minors can have their big league club's September games counted toward the total. Minor league seasons end early next month.
"We have and continue to support Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Testing program," the Mets said in a statement.
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