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Hagerstown's Mateo suspended 50 games

April 12, 2006

Hagerstown Suns relief pitcher Waner Mateo was suspended 50 games Tuesday for violation of the minor league drug prevention and treatment program.

Mateo was one of four minor league players to receive suspensions Tuesday. Three of those suspensions, including Mateo's, were due to positive tests for a performance enhancing substance.

Mateo, 21, a native of San Cristobal, Dominican Republic, was signed with the New York Mets organization as a free agent in 2003. He appeared in one game for the Suns this season, giving up four hits and three runs in two innings, walking two and striking out three.

The Mets moved pitcher Joe Serfass back to the Suns to fill Mateo's roster spot. Serfass began the season with Hagerstown, but was designated to Brooklyn of the New York-Penn League on Saturday. Serfass was in uniform with the Suns for Tuesday's game against Lakewood.

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