Puello suspended 50 games

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Puello suspended 50 games

August 5, 2013 Updated Aug 5, 2013 at 10:49 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Major League basebal has suspended Binghamton Mets outfielder Cesar Puello 50 games for violations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program in relation to the Biogenesis investigation.

Puello is one of 14 players, including former Binghamton Mets Fernando Martinez and Jordany Valdespin, as well as Yankees Alex Rodriguez and Francisco Cervelli to be suspended.

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun had already accepted a 65 game suspension.

All suspensions will be for 50 games, except for Rodriguez who has been suspended the rest of this season and all of next year.

Rodriguez is the only one who is expected to appeal.

Puello was batting .328 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI.

He ranks second in the Eastern League in batting average, third in RBI and fifth in stolen bases.

Puello was named the Eastern League player of the month in June.

He has not played since a pinch hitting appearance on August 1st, against Altoona.

In response to the recent events involving a pair of players in the New York Mets organization, the New York Mets have released the following statement:

“We have and continue to support Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Testing program.”

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