NEW YORK – Embattled pitcher Jason Grimsley was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball on Monday, less than a week after federal agents raided his home during an investigation into performance-enhancing drugs.
Grimsley was suspended for violating baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, based on his statements to authorities regarding human growth hormone.
The Arizona Diamondbacks released the reliever last Wednesday and his agent said he did not expect Grimsley to play again.
If he returns, the penalty would take effect when he’s placed on a 40-man roster.
Last Tuesday, 13 agents searched his Arizona home following his admission he had used HGH, steroids and amphetamines.
According to court documents, authorities tracked a package containing two “kits” of HGH â€” about a season’s worth â€” that was delivered at Grimsley’s house on April 19. He failed a baseball drug test in 2003, documents showed.
Acting on those documents, MLB suspended him for his alleged possession, admitted use and intended use of HGH. Baseball toughened its drug program and penalties this season, but there is no test for HGH.
Grimsley’s career was as good as over. He was barely hanging onto a ML job at the time of his release. So what good is a 50 day suspension?
Why not just ban Grimsley for life? What does MLB plan to do when more players are discovered to be using HGH? I think we all know what will done. Little to nothing.
This story isn’t a joke. It is MLB that’s the joke. A not very funny one either.
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