Friday, August 19, 2011

Mets Morning News: Jacobs Tests Positive, Pagan Wants To Stay, BrewersStreak Into New York

Former Met Mike Jacobs was suspended 50 game yesterday after testing positive for HGH.  Jacobs, who last played for the Mets at the beginning of last season, was lingering in the Colorado Rockies minor leagues system when the results came through.
Jacobs, 30, is the first professional athlete in the United States to test positive for H.G.H., a World Anti-Doping Agency spokesman said. Since the test was introduced in 2004, he is the eighth athlete to test positive worldwide, the agency said.
There is no testing for HGH in the major leagues, but the minor leagues began testing for the PED last year.
“A few weeks ago, in an attempt to overcome knee and back problems, I made the terrible decision to take H.G.H.,” Jacobs said in the statement, a rare confession of doping in a sport where many players who have tested positive denied ever knowingly using a drug. “I immediately stopped a couple of days later after being tested. Taking it was one of the worst decisions I could have ever made, one for which I take full responsibility.”
Mets outfielder Angel Pagan says he wants to stay in New York next year, but admits that this season has been a struggle.
"What will happen next year, it’ll happen. You never know what can happen. You can get traded, stay here. I just want to finish strong for the team and see what will happen next year. Obviously I haven’t had the season I planned on. It’s been a tough season – not just for me, but for the whole team.
The Mets square off against the Milwaukee Brewers tonight.  After salvaging a series win in San Diego, this series will be a tough test.
When [the Brewers] arrive at Citi Field on Friday for a three-game weekend series, they will be riding a huge run — 19 victories in their last 22 games — that has given them a commanding lead in the N.L. Central.
Former Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez makes his return to New York after last month's trade.

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