Mets pitcher gets 50-game doping ban
By Jeff Passan, Yahoo Sports
April 28, 2006
Iriki, who signed a one-year, $750,000 deal this offseason, will serve the longest steroid-related major-league suspension. It stems from testing done while he was with the Mets in spring training.
The 5-foot-9, 175-pound Iriki, currently pitching for Triple-A Norfolk, becomes the first Japanese player suspended for a positive steroid test at the major-league level and the 13th since baseball began doling out suspensions last season.
Ten players have been suspended under minor-league testing this season.
Iriki, who was taken off the Mets' 40-man roster on April 18, remained in the organization and has pitched well. He is 1-2 with a 3.74 ERA and has struck out 24 batters in 21 2/3 innings.
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Updated on Friday, Apr 28, 2006 4:33 pm, EDT