Perez sus­pended 80 games af­ter fail­ing third drug test

The Covington News - - SPORTS -

DETROIT— Detroit Tigers’ in­fielder Neifi Perez was sus­pended for 80 games af­ter test­ing pos­i­tive for a third time for a banned stim­u­lant, a penalty that fin­ishes his sea­son.

Perez was sus­pended for 25 games on July 6 when he tested pos­i­tive for a sec­ond time. Un­der base­ball’s la­bor con­tract, a player who tests pos­i­tive for the first time is sent for coun­sel­ing.

His ini­tial sus­pen­sion cost him $396,175, and the sec­ond will cost him $792,350 _ a to­tal of $1,188,525 of his $2.5 mil­lion salary. He will miss the fi­nal 54 games of the reg­u­lar sea­son and fin­ish serv­ing the sus­pen­sion next year, if he is signed.

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