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Joel Pineiro released by Angels, suspended 50 games for stimulant

Jun 30, 2014, 5:07 PM EDT

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UPDATE: In addition to pitching poorly enough to justify being released, Pineiro has been handed a 50-game suspension from MLB for “a prohibited stimulant.” Pretty safe to say his career is over.


Joel Pineiro’s latest comeback attempt is over, as Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Angels have released the veteran right-hander from Triple-A.

Pineiro was once a solid mid-rotation starter for the Mariners, Cardinals, and Angels, earning nearly $50 million over a 12-year career, but he hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2011 and at age 35 he looks finished.

He had a 7.48 ERA in four starts at Triple-A for the Angels and was previously released from Double-A by the Cubs earlier this season.

  1. rbj1 - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Royals to sign him in 3, 2, 1 . . .

  2. tfbuckfutter - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    I still don’t like him because of the stupid way he pronounces his name.

    • spacenettle - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      I like him because he has a dog named Strikey.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Have you ever had one of those days that just do not go well? I bet that something else bad probably happened to him today.

  4. missingdiz - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    I don’t know anything about this particular case. But I do know that inevitably some of these guys who take speed to “enhance performance” get hooked, in which case over the long term their performance is going to be wrecked, not enhanced. “Don’t forget this fact, you can’t get it back.”

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