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Former Cards catcher suspended 162 games

July 09,2016 12:13

MILWAUKEE • Free agent catcher Cody Stanley, who, while playing for the Cardinals, was suspended for 80 games late last season after he tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance, was suspended again, this time for 162 games without pay ...

MILWAUKEE • Free agent catcher Cody Stanley, who, while playing for the Cardinals, was suspended for 80 games late last season after he tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance, was suspended again, this time for 162 games without pay by Major League Baseball.The announcement said Stanley, who had been let go by the Cardinals, had tested positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.The Major League Players’ Association released a statement from Stanley saying, “I will never apologize for something I didn’t do.”
Stanley, who had collected his first big-league hit in his first at-bat at Miller Park last year and was four for his first 10 with the Cardinals, was suspended for the same substance that he tested positive for last year.“Again?” said manager Mike Matheny. “It just doesn’t make sense. It didn’t make sense the first time.”General manager John Mozeliak said, “That’s very disappointing. He’s not under the Cardinal umbrella anymore but you’d like to think players who end up testing positive for something would do whatever possible not to let it happen again. The third time (he had one transgression in the minors, too) is telling.”Stanley had impressed the Cardinals enough that he well could have been their second catcher this season, or a third, in waiting, if he hadn’t run afoul of MLB guidelines.GARCIA KNOWS WHAT HARVEY IS FEELINGNew York Mets righthander Matt Harvey hasn’t contacted Cardinals lefthander Jaime Garcia yet. But that day probably will come soon.Harvey, after seeing Dr. Robert Thompson in St. Louis recently, has decided to undergo the delicate thoracic outlet syndrome surgery next week in St. Louis, putting him out of the rest of the season. Harvey reportedly was weighing surgery or an injection that would postpone the inevitable. Garcia had the surgery performed by Thompson in July 2014.“When I was ready to go on mine, I did some research,” said Garcia. “It was a very tough decision for me to make and I knew that it was a very complicated surgery and that not a lot of people had had it and had success. Everybody I talked to was warning me, saying it was a very tough process. It was the worst pain, for three or four weeks after the surgery.“But, at the end of the day, it was something that needed to get done. It basically saved my career. It’s the reason I’m still pitching. “Harvey’s issue involves muscles in the neck and shoulder impinging a nerve in his right shoulder. The surgery would remove one of Harvey’s ribs to provide space, which would reduce the compression on the affected nerve and restore feeling in his pitching arm and fingers.“It’s a tough process, but he’s definitely going with the right doctor,” said Garcia.“For me, it was either that or nothing. I really had no other option. I couldn’t really stay healthy for longer than a month. I couldn’t do anything.”
PERALTA, SIEGRIST BETTERGreg Garcia was in the lineup Friday night at third base for injured Jhonny Peralta (left thumb), but Peralta said he was ready to play.“After the last couple of days, (the thumb) feels much better,” said Peralta. “They can put me in the lineup. I can swing the bat.”Peralta is a .381 hitter at Miller Park with eight homers in just 25 games. His OBP there is 1.091.“I feel pretty good here,” said Peralta. “I’m excited to be back. I haven’t talked to Matheny yet but, hopefully, today or tomorrow, I can be in the game.”
Matheny said, “It would be nice to have him as an option. (Players) always have a voice in it, especially a guy like Jhonny that’s been around a while. We’ll hear what he has to say, but, most importantly, make sure medically he’s passing all the tests.”Mozeliak also offered optimism on Kevin Siegrist. Mozeliak said the lefthander, who contracted mononucleosis, would be cleared to resume activity in the next few days.Siegrist is able to come off the disabled list next Friday. “We’d like to have him throw a couple of bullpens over the break,” said Mozeliak, “and if he can accomplish that with no setbacks, I could see that.”THREE CATCHERS . . . SO FARThe Cardinals have three catchers now, with Alberto Rosario, the defender, and Michael McKenry, the hitter, being purchased from Class AAA Memphis.Mozeliak said he didn’t know how long this situation would continue past this weekend but allowed that when early-season sensation Jeremy Hazelbaker recovers from back issues, perhaps suffered in a recent brawl he helped ignite, he could be a lefthanded addition to the bench. Both Rosario and McKenry are righthanded hitters.The Cardinals have been short of lefthanded hitters lately with Matt Carpenter, Brandon Moss and (switch-hitting) Brayan Pena all on the disabled list. Mozeliak said Hazelbaker was to resume baseball activities this weekend and would be re-evaluated after the All-Star breaks for both the majors and Triple-A.The Cardinals announced they had sold lefthanded-hitting outfielder Carlos Peguero, who had been impressive in spring training, to the Tohoku team in Japan. Peguero, 29, was hitting .283 with five homers and 27 runs batted in at Class AAA Memphis.Mozeliak said Peguero originally had a June 1 “out” date in his minor-league deal with the Cardinals, meaning that they had to bring him up by then or else he could be a free agent. But then he got hurt and both sides agreed to a July 1 extension.“Then you look at the last week and the timing of everything, it was never ideal for when to do it,” said Mozeliak. “Subsequently, he probably would have been brought to the big leagues had he not exercised his July 1 (out).”

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