June 12, 2006

Grimsley suspended 50 games for doping violation

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pitcher Jason Grimsley, at the center
of the latest doping bombshell to hit Major League Baseball, on
Monday was suspended for 50 games for violating the sport's
drug prevention and treatment program.

Grimsley, 38, was released by the Arizona Diamondbacks last
Wednesday after federal agents raided his home during their
investigation into performance-enhancing drugs following a
delivery to his house of banned human growth hormone.

Grimsley's suspension will begin immediately upon his
placement on a 40-man major league roster, should he return to
the majors, baseball officials said in a statement.

Last weekend, Grimsley's agent said the pitcher planned to
challenge the Diamondbacks' decision to withhold the remainder
of his $825,000 salary.