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

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

Joel Pineiro

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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