Major League Baseball announced suspensions in the Biogenesis scandal, with two Mets each receiving suspensions of 50 games. The first, minor league out fielder Cesar Puello, wasn’t a surprise. His name had been out there from the beginning. The second, however, was a complete surprise/: Jordany Valdespin.
13 players in total were suspended, including Alex Rodirguez, who received a ban of 211 games, the rest of the season and all of next season. He will, however, appeal the suspension, which may allow him to play for the Yankees the rest of the year.
Both Valdespin and Puello have both accepted their 50 game bans and will not appeal. Despite both of them being in the minor leagues, they can both serve their suspensions this season as they are both on the 40-man roster.
Puello, 22, is hitting .328/.405/.550 this year with Double-A Binghamton with 16 home runs and 24 stolen bases. Valdespin, 25, is hitting .466/.537/.759 in 16 games with Las Vegas after batting just .188/.250/.316 in 66 games with the Mets this season.