Perez suspended 80 games after failing third drug test
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.