The Giants have been the focus of attention for having two players suspended for positive drug tests this season, but the situations are different in the Giants’ view, and they activated one of those players Tuesday.
San Francisco reinstated relief pitcher Guillermo Mota, whose 100-game suspension ended, and he was available to pitch Tuesday against the Houston Astros.
To make room on the roster, the Giants placed left-handed reliever Jeremy Affeldt on paternity leave, although paternity leave can last no longer than three days.
Even though Mota’s suspension was longer than Melky Cabrera’s because Mota committed a second offense, the Giants seem more willing to have Mota than Cabrera back on the team.
That’s because the Giants felt deceived by Cabrera, according to a report by csnbayarea.com. Cabrera went as far as to create a fraudulent website to try to deceive Major League Baseball and avoid suspension. But the deception was quickly discovered and Cabrera was suspended 50 games.
The Giants viewed Mota’s suspension as the result of carelessness, because MLB seemed to accept his explanation that he accidentally took the banned substance while drinking children’s cough syrup.