"Guillermo took responsibility for his actions and expressed extreme remorse for his mistake," Minaya said. "He handled himself in a stand-up manner."Mota had issued the following statement upon the imposition of the discipline: "I have no one to blame but myself. I take full responsibility for my actions and accept MLB's suspension. I used extremely poor judgment and deserve to be held accountable. "To my teammates and the entire Mets organization, I am sorry. I truly regret what I did and hope that you can forgive me. To baseball fans everywhere, I understand that you are disappointed in me, and I don't blame you. I feel terrible and I promise this is the first and last time that this will happen. I am determined to prove to you that this was one mistake."
He produced a 3-0 record and 1.00 ERA in 18 appearances with the Mets after he was acquired from the Indians Aug. 20. He struck out 19 and allowed merely 15 baserunners in 18 innings. His changeup was effective and gave the Mets a late-inning alternative to Heilman.It was the changeup Mota didn't throw on an 0-2 pitch to Scott Spiezio of the Cardinals in the seventh inning of Game 2 of the National League Championship Series that undermined the Mets' postseason chances. Rather than throw the changeup catcher Paul Lo Duca had signaled, Mota threw a fastball that Spiezio hit for a two-run, score-tying triple. Mota ranks fourth in innings, 384, among Major League relievers since 2002. Only Scot Shields, Mike Timlin and David Weathers have pitched more. He produced a 2-0 record and 2.42 ERA in 22 1/3 innings with the Indians and Mets after the All-Star break last season. Overall, he had a 1-3 record and 6.21 ERA in 34 games and 37 2/3 innings with the Indians in 2006. MLB has not disclosed when he tested positive.
Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less