From just about one year ago, via Jerry Crasnick at ESPN.com on January 6, 2009:
New York Yankees pitcher Sergio Mitre has received a 50-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s drug policy. Like Philadelphia Phillies reliever J.C. Romero, Mitre claims he had no desire to break baseball rules and that he took the banned substance unwittingly after purchasing a legal supplement at a GNC store in Florida.
The commissioner’s office on Tuesday officially announced Mitre’s suspension.
Mitre told ESPN.com that he takes “full responsibility” for his actions. He said he failed a drug test because a trace amount of androstenedione appeared without his knowledge in a nutritional supplement that he bought at GNC.
And, now, one year later, via Bryan Hoch at MLB.com, on January 7, 2010:
The Yankees avoided salary arbitration with right-hander Sergio Mitre on Wednesday, agreeing to terms on a one-year contract.
Mitre will earn a base salary of $850,000, plus possible performance incentives, MLB.com has confirmed. The Yankees officially announced the signing on Thursday morning.
Mitre, 28, was 3-3 with a 6.79 ERA in 12 games (nine starts) for the Yankees in 2009, returning to the big leagues after undergoing Tommy John ligament-replacement surgery in July. The Yankees had declined his option for $1.25 million in November, with the intent of re-signing him to a lesser deal.
What a difference a year makes, huh? O.K., Rony Bautista, for you, perhaps better days are coming…
…if it can happen for Sergio, it can happen to anyone.