Mets minor league Urdaneta suspended 50 games

NEW YORK (TICKER) Lino Urdaneta, a pitcher in the New York Mets’ system, was suspended 50 games on Wednesday after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

Urdaneta became the 14th player suspended for violating the minor league drug policy. He also is the second pitcher from the Mets’ organization to be banned, joining Class A pitcher Jorge Reyes, who drew a 100-game penalty.

A 27-year-old righthander, Urdaneta was 1-0 with six saves and a 5.84 ERA in 10 games at Class AAA New Orleans of the Pacific Coast League.

Mets reliever Guillermo Mota is serving a 50-game suspension after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance last season.


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Updated Wednesday, May 16, 2007