Tuesday, January 6, 2009
BREAKING NL NEWS: PHILLIES' ROMERO SUSPENDED 50 GAMES FOR VIOLATING PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT USE POLICY
In a shocker that bears profound implications on the Mets-Phillies National League Eastern Division rivalry, the Associated Press is reporting that Phillies' left-handed reliever J.C. Romero has today been suspended by Major League Baseball for the first 50 games of the 2009 season for violating its performance enhancing drug use policy.
Romero, who won two World Series games in last year's Series win by the Phillies, appeared in 11 of the 18 games the Mets and Phillies played in 2008, winning one, losing two and posting a 3.38 ERA. In 2007, Romero dominated New York in 10 relief appearances, compiling a 1.50 ERA.
Romero tested positive for a banned substance, but the pitcher claims it was an over-the-counter supplement he bought at a nutrition store, the Associated Press reports.
The link to the AP story is here, with quotes from Romero: google.com
Posted by Gil Griffin at 2:38 PM