Giants reliever Guillermo Mota received a 100-game suspension for his second performance-enhancing drug violation on Monday after testing positive for a substance called Clenbuterol, Bud Selig's office announced.
Mota's 2012 violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program is his second in his career, and therefore he became the first baseball player to receive a 100-game suspension. Manny Ramirez previously received a similar punishment, but had it reduced because of his temporary retirement.
In a statement issued Monday afternoon, the San Francisco Giants said: "The Giants are disappointed to learn of Guillermo Mota's suspension. We support Major League Baseball's Drug Prevention and Treatment Program."
Mota, 38, is currently 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA for the Giants. He's struck out nine batters in 10.2 innings and given up two home runs during that time while walking six (four intentional).
The reliever previously tested positive for steroids in 2006 and received a 50-game suspension from the Commissioner's office.
Though Mota could technically return to the team for end of the season, it's pretty likely that this signals the end of Mota's Giants career and, quite possibly, his career as a professional baseball player.
EDITOR'S NOTE: On March 13, 2013, a reference to the steroid from Wikipedia and isteroids.com was taken out of this post. This story first was published on May 7, 2012.