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Reliever Salas suspended 50 games for failed drug test

NEW YORK -- Tampa Bay relief pitcher Juan Salas was
suspended for 50 games Monday after becoming the first player this
year to flunk a drug test under Major League Baseball's testing
program.

Juan Salas Salas

Salas tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance, the
commissioner's office said. His suspension will start Tuesday.

There were just three suspensions last year under the major
league program: New York Mets pitcher Yusaku Iriki, former Arizona
pitcher Jason Grimsley and Mets reliever Guillermo Mota, who is
serving his 50-game penalty at the start of this season.

Salas, a 28-year-old right-hander, is 1-1 with a 3.95 ERA in 15
appearances this season. He will lose about one-third of his
$382,000 salary.

"The Tampa Bay Devil Rays fully support Major League Baseball's
drug testing policy. We will do all we can to help Juan get his
career headed back on a positive course," the team said in a
statement.