Lino Urdaneta Suspended

Steroid needle has punctured the Mets againHmm … what a coincidence …

Only a few days after the New York Mets demoted Lino Urdaneta to New Orleans, MLB suspended Urdaneta 50 games for violating the substance-abuse policy.

Public Relations man Jay Horwitz has done a marvelous job of glazing over various negative image issues lately, and may need to work overtime in managing the damage control for this one. The timing couldn’t be worse — just a few weeks after the Kirk Radomski bombshell (which includes an inquiry of Fernando Tatis), a few weeks before Guillermo Mota returns from HIS suspension, and in the midst of the debut album produced by “L Millz“.

It’s a good thing the Mets are doing well … winning tends to cover the blemishes. Hopefully Horwitz can skate the Mets organization through this latest public relations disaster without too much distraction to the team.

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