Two Players Suspended for PED Buys

15-day penalties may indicate severity of Mitchell punishments
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Dec 7, 2007 4:00 AM CST
George Mitchell is shown in New York in this 2006 file photo. Baseball investigator Mitchell likely will issue his long-awaited report on steroids use in baseball by the end of the year, and there is...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Baltimore's Jay Gibbons and Kansas City's recently signed José Guillén were publicly given 15-day suspensions for having acquired HGH and steroids; Commissioner Bud Selig passed the sentences despite any positive drug tests from either player. Instead, documentary evidence indicates they received shipments after baseball's drug rules went into effect, in Guillén's case over $19,000 worth.

The players union counsel said Guillén planned to appeal; Gibbons, however, will not. He explained: "I have no excuses and bear sole responsibility for my decisions. Years ago, I relied on the advice of a doctor ... and had only intended to help speed my recovery from my injuries and surgeries.”