Guillermo Mota: 'I didn't read the label'


Guillermo Mota: 'I didn't read the label'

HOUSTON Guillermo Mota is one more positive drug test froma lifetime ban. So youd better believe hes going to read labels as carefullyas a vegan with food allergies on Weight Watchers.

I have to be really careful now, said Mota, who wasactivated Tuesday after serving a 100-game ban as a second-time offender of theleagues drug testing procedure.

Giants officials, along with Major League Baseball officialswho heard his appeal, believed Mota was truthful when he said his positive testin May for clenbuterol, a stimulant, came after he took his daughtersprescription cough syrup to treat a case of bronchitis.

That is chief among the reasons why Mota is back, just a fewweeks after the Giants were rocked by Melky Cabreras 50-game suspension for usingtestosterone.

BAGGARLY: Giants see Mota, Melky through different lens

Everybody makes mistakes, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.I do. You do. Unfortunately we all do. I taught my kids and I teach theplayers: when you make a mistake or a bad decision, there are going to beconsequences and he suffered those. A 100-game suspension is a pretty goodpenalty for a man who took some cough syrup for bronchitis. Hes negligent,sure, but this is something he didnt realize.

There was no question of bringing him up. I mean, what doyou do? Condemn the man for that? I wouldnt do it. We dont endorse these guystaking these PEDs. We also want to be known as an organization that cares aboutthe person as a whole, not just the player.

Mota acknowledged that his first suspension, in 2006 withthe Mets, was for steroids. He said he learned his lesson, which is why heexpected the Giants to bring him back after he served his 100-game suspension.

I wasnt suspended for steroids. I wasnt taking asteroid, Mota said. I didnt read the label. Its like .001 milligrams, adrop in the bottle. Its crazy, but I paid the price.

I dont think I did anything to not come back. What I didwas a mistake to not read the label, but its in the past. We move on from it.

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Even though league officials believed Motas story, they couldnot decide the appeal in his favor. (The appeal was held in Los Angeles on June 13 -- the day Matt Cain threw his perfect game, by the way.)

They have a rule and a rule is a rule, he said.

The rules are no different for Cabrera, who lied to club andleague officials when he tested positive for testosterone in July. An associatehired by Cabreras agent even purchased a web site and invented a product in aneffort to defraud the league.

Did Mota think that Cabreras embarrassment would impact theGiants willingness to bring him back?

I dont want to talk about Melky now, Mota said. I wantto talk about the Giants and myself. Im here to help the team. Im not here tohurt the team.

His teammates certainly were glad to have the affableveteran back among them. He walked in the clubhouse to a series of hugs andback slaps.

Thats why Im back here, because of the way I am, Motasaid. I think Im a good person.

One other pregame note: Aubrey Huff is on the trip and will be activated when rosters expand on Saturday, Bochy said. Huff, who is testing his knee by running bases, will be used off the bench. Bochy wouldn't rule out first base, but it appears he will end his Giants tenure as a pinch hitter.

No word yet on whether Jeremy Affeldt and his wife had their third child yet. But Affeldt must return Aug. 31 from paternity leave -- meaning the Giants still face a roster crunch one day before the rosters expand.

Santiago Casilla says he never received offer from Giants

Santiago Casilla says he never received offer from Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — Over the final month of his time with the Giants, it became clear that Santiago Casilla and the team would part ways. On Friday, Casilla confirmed that he never had the opportunity to return. 

On a conference call to announce a two-year deal with the Oakland A’s, Casilla said he “would have been happy to return to the Giants, but I never got an offer from them. I understood.”

Casilla said he had several opportunities to go elsewhere and close, mentioning the Milwaukee Brewers as one interested team. Casilla signed a two-year, $11 million deal with the A’s, who likely won’t need him to pitch in the ninth. The Brewers went on to bring in Neftali Feliz for one year and $5.35 million; he is expected to close. 

“I preferred to return to the Athletics because that’s where my career started,” Casilla said through interpreter Manolo Hernández Douen. “And I’m very excited.”

Casilla spent the first six years of his career with the A’s before crossing the bridge and becoming a key figure in three title runs. In seven seasons in San Francisco, he posted a 2.42 ERA and saved 123 games. Casilla had a 0.92 ERA in the postseason, but he was stripped of a prominent role in the weeks leading up to the 2016 playoffs. 

Casilla, 36, blew nine saves before being pulled from the ninth inning. He appeared just three times in the final 14 regular season games and just once in the playoffs. He did not take the mound in Game 4 of the NLDS, watching as five other relievers teamed up to give back a three-run lead. 

That moment stung Casilla, and it affected Bruce Bochy, too. The Giants struck quickly in December to bring Mark Melancon in as their new closer, but at the Winter Meetings, Bochy said he would welcome Casilla back in a setup role. 

“He’s a great team player (and) teammate,” Bochy said. “(I) certainly wouldn’t rule it out because he still has great stuff. And he had some hiccups there in that closing role, but I would take him anytime.”

As it turned out, that opportunity was never there for Casilla. The Giants didn’t make another move after the big deal with Melancon, and they’ll rely on younger arms to record most of the outs in the seventh and eighth. Casilla said he’s not bitter about the way it all ended. 

“I have left that in the past,” he said. “It’s a new year, it’s a new year. I have left this in the past.” 

Authorities: Two Dodgers security guards arrested, accused of theft


Authorities: Two Dodgers security guards arrested, accused of theft

LOS ANGELES -- Prosecutors say two security guards at Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium have been arrested and are accused of stealing equipment, baseballs and jerseys from the major league team to sell online.

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office says Juan DeDios Prada and Fernando Sierra pleaded not guilty to burglary and other charges Thursday.

Prosecutors say the two security guards conspired with a third man, Jesse Luis Dagnesses, to steal baseball uniforms and other team merchandise to sell online.

They say Prada and Sierra stole more than $3,400 from a locked equipment room at the stadium between January 2013 and February 2016.

Authorities say Dagnesses is accused of receiving $950 in stolen baseballs and jerseys.

It wasn't immediately clear if the men had attorneys who could comment on the allegations.