May 7, 2012
MLB notes: Giants' Mota gets 100-game ban
By QMI AGENCY
San Francisco Giants pitcher Guillermo Mota was suspended for 100 games by for his second drug-policy violation, MLB announced Monday.
Mota, who turns 39 in July, tested positive for Clenbuterol a performance-enhancing drug.
He had been suspended for 50 games at the start of the 2007 season, when he was with the New York Mets. Mota was 3-0 with a 1.00 ERA in 18 appearances in 2006 after being acquired from the Cleveland Indians, but was 2-2 with a 5.76 ERA in 52 appearances after the suspension.
Mota will be eligible to return in late August. In nine appearances this season, he is 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA.
WERTH OUT THREE MONTHS
Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth could be sidelined for three months after having surgery Monday on his broken left wrist.
A team source told MLB.com that Werth would be out "at least 12 weeks." It is believed a steel plate was inserted into the wrist.
The 32-year-old was injured when he hit the turf trying to catch a ball in the outfield Sunday. He broke the same wrist while with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2005.
Werth is hitting .276 with three homers and 12 RBI.
Rookie Bryce Harper is expected to take over as the everyday right fielder while Xavier Nady and Roger Bernadina are platooned in left.
HOUSE OF RUTH FOR SALE
A house Babe Ruth owned in Massachusetts during the 1920s is listed for sale for $1.65 million, the Boston Globe reported Monday.
The 5,124 square-foot home is on two acres in Sudbury, Mass. The house has been renovated but "you can still see the burn marks from where Babe Ruth used to flick his ashes," the listing agent said.
Ruth lived in a cabin in Sudbury when he played for the Boston Red Sox. He bought the home in 1922, three years after the Red Sox sold him to the New York Yankees.
Brewers shortstop Alex Gonzalez will be out the rest of the season because of a torn anterior-cruciate ligament in his right knee, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Monday. Before he opts for surgery, Gonzalez, 35, will receive treatment for about a week to see how the knee responds ... Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Ivan De Jesus has been reinstated from the 15-day disabled list and optioned to triple-A Albuquerque. He was placed on the disabled list on March 26 with strained left oblique ... The Baltimore Orioles have optioned right-handed pitcher Tommy Hunter and backup catcher Ronny Paulino to triple-A Norfolk, and have called up right-handed pitchers Jason Berken and Stu Pomeranz from Norfolk.