The San Francisco Giants have been the focus of attention for having two players suspended for positive drug tests this season, but the situations are different in the Giants' view, and they activated one of those players on Tuesday.
They reinstated relief pitcher Guillermo Mota, whose 100-game suspension ended, and he will be available to pitch Tuesday against Houston.
Mota is 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA in just nine appearances for the Giants this season, but he was 2-2 with a 3.81 ERA in 52 games in 2011. The 39-year-old Mota is now in his 14th major-league season.
To make room on the roster, the Giants placed left-handed reliever Jeremy Affeldt on paternity leave, although paternity leave can last no longer than three days.
Even though Mota's suspension was longer than Melky Cabrera's because Mota committed a second offense, the Giants seem more willing to have Mota than Cabrera back on the team.
That's because the Giants felt deceived by Cabrera, according to a report by Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Cabrera went as far as to create a fraudulent website to try to deceive Major League Baseball and avoid suspension. But the deception was quickly discovered and Cabrera was suspended for 50 games.
The Giants viewed Mota's suspension as the result of carelessness, because MLB seemed to accept his explanation that he accidentally took the banned substance while drinking children's cough syrup.
"They told me I had to read the label," Mota told the San Jose Mercury-News. "(MLB) believed me 100 percent. But they had the rule, and a rule is a rule. That was a mistake I made. I never would have believed that I'd get suspended for medicine."
Mota told the Mercury-News he had the same type of cough as his daughter, so he took her medicine, which was prescribed by a pediatrician. It had a small amount of a banned substance.
Mota was suspended by Major League Baseball on May 7 after testing positive for clenbuterol, a stimulant listed as a banned substance.
Mota had served an earlier 50-game suspension while with the Mets in 2006 after testing positive for an undisclosed performance enhancing substance.
In preparation for his return, Mota pitched twice in the Arizona Rookie League and four times for Triple-A Fresno.
He yielded three runs on eight hits in his 6 1/3 innings of work with Fresno, but he reportedly reached the mid-90s with his fastball.