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Former Met Outfielder Timo Perez Banned 50 Games for Prohibited Drug Use

Former New York Mets outfielder Timo Perez, a free-agent minor-leaguer, was suspended for 50 games after testing positive for prohibited drugs.

Perez was banned after testing positive for Ritalinic Acid and Methylphenidate, Major League Baseball said in a statement. The suspension would begin when he signs with a major-league organization.

Perez, 36, hasn’t played in the majors since 2007, when he was with the Detroit Tigers. He hit .304 this year with Triple-A Toledo, the Tigers’ top minor-league team.

Perez was a rookie with the Mets when they faced the New York Yankees in the 2000 World Series. He went 2-for-16 as the Yankees won in five games.

He left the Mets in 2003 and went on to play for the Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit.

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