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Joel Pineiro released by the Angels, then suspended 50 games by MLB

Mike Oz
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Pineiro last pitched in the big leagues in 2011 with the Angels. (Getty Images)

There's a good chance Monday signaled the end of Joel Pineiro's career in Major League Baseball.

Pineiro — who won 104 games over 12 seasons for the Mariners, Cardinals and others — saw his comeback attempt derailed for the foreseeable future. Pineiro, 35, was released by the Los Angeles Angels, where he had been pitching in Triple-A. Then, a few hours later, it was announced that Pineiro was suspended 50 games for using Heptaminol, a stimulant banned by Minor League Baseball.

That's not a good day.

 At the time he was released, Pineiro was 1-2 in four starts for the Salt Lake Bees with a 7.48 ERA. He had previously been released by the Chicago Cubs this season, who had him assigned to Double-A.

Pineiro hadn't pitched in the big leagues since 2011 when he was 7-7 with a 5.13 ERA for the Angels. At his career peak, Pineiro was pretty good for the Mariners — going 14-7 with a 3.24 ERA in 2002 for the Mariners, then 16-11 with a 3.78 ERA in 2003.

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