Originally created 06/13/06

Grimsley out for 50 games



NEW YORK - Embattled pitcher Jason Grimsley was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball on Monday, less than a week after federal agents raided his home during an investigation into performance- enhancing drugs.

Grimsley was suspended for violating baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, based on his statements to authorities regarding human growth hormone.

The Arizona Diamondbacks released the reliever Wednesday, and his agent said he did not expect Grimsley to play again.

If he returns, the penalty would take effect when he's placed on a 40-man roster.

On June 6, 13 agents searched his Arizona home following his admission he had used HGH, steroids and amphetamines.

According to court documents, authorities tracked a package containing two "kits" of HGH - about a season's worth - that was delivered at Grimsley's house on April 19. He failed a baseball drug test in 2003, documents showed.

Acting on those documents, MLB suspended him for his alleged possession, admitted use and intended use of HGH.

The 38-year-old Grimsley was 1-2 with a 4.88 ERA in 19 games as a long reliever this season, his first with Arizona.

Grimsley and the Diamondbacks are currently in a dispute over payment of the remainder of his $825,000 salary.

RED SOX: David Pauley, who was 0-2 with a 7.88 ERA in three starts, has been optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket.

The Red Sox said they would make a move to replace Pauley before Boston opens a three-game series at Minnesota tonight. Reliever Mike Timlin said Sunday he expected to be activated from the disabled list.

ORIOLES: Baltimore activated right fielder Jay Gibbons from the 15-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Ed Rogers to Triple-A Ottawa.

Gibbons was placed on the DL on May 27 with hip and knee injuries. He was the starting DH against Toronto on Monday night.

ANGELS: Los Angeles activated center fielder Darin Erstad from the 15-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Tommy Murphy to Triple-A Salt Lake.

Erstad had been sidelined since May 1 because of irritation in his right ankle.

BLUE JAYS: Toronto released second baseman Edgardo Alfonzo and recalling infielder Russ Adams from Triple-A Syracuse.

The Blue Jays also activated utility infielder John McDonald from the disabled list.

PADRES: First-round draft pick Matt Antonelli, a third baseman, agreed to a deal worth $1,575,000 six days after being selected with the 17th overall choice out of Wake Forest.