Mets' Urdaneta suspended 50 games for 'roids

Updated: May 16, 2007, 5:22 PM ET
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NEW YORK -- Another pitcher in the New York Mets' minor league system was suspended Wednesday after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

Lino Urdaneta
Urdaneta

Lino Urdaneta will miss 50 games for violating the minor league drug policy.

The 27-year-old Venezuelan appeared in two games for the Mets this season, allowing one run on two hits in one inning. He also appeared in 10 games for Triple-A New Orleans, recording six saves in 12 1/3 innings.

"It's something you don't want to deal with, but we are," Mets general manager Omar Minaya said.

Last week, pitcher Jorge Reyes was suspended for 100 games for a second violation of the drug policy. A 22-year-old native of the Dominican Republic, Reyes made one start this season for Class-A Savannah of the South Atlantic League, allowing no runs on four hits in five innings.

Mets reliever Guillermo Mota currently is serving a 50-game major league suspension for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. He's eligible to return to the team on May 30.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.