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"I did take the supplement in question, and accept full responsibility for taking it," Mitre said. "It contained a `contaminant' amount of an illegal, performance-enhancing drug. This was not listed as an ingredient on the packaging, should not have been in the supplement and certainly should not have been available for legal purchase at a store. Despite this, I do accept my punishment because, as a professional, I have a responsibility for what I put into my body."
Mitre is with the New York Yankees' Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Triple-A team after spending 2008 on the Florida Marlins' disabled list. He had elbow ligament replacement surgery in July 15 and reached an agreement with the Yankees in November.
"It's kind of a bitter pill to swallow," Cobbe said. "He made a false assumption that stuff you buy at a GNC is legal. He purchased an illegal drug legally."
If the Phillies have no postponements during the first two months of the season, Romero would be eligible to return June 1 and the suspension would cost him $1,245,902 of his $4 million salary.
Mitre is not expected to pitch until the second half of the season and will serve his suspension while on the disabled list. His contract with the Yankees calls for a salary of $40,000 a month while in the minors and $1.5 million for the season while in the majors, so the suspension will cost Mitre about $70,000.
Romero was the winning pitcher in Game 3 of the World Series and the clinching Game 5 for the champion Phillies. A key member of Philadelphia's strong bullpen, he went 4-4 with a 2.75 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 59 innings. He appeared in 81 games and had one save.
In the postseason, Romero allowed only two hits in eight scoreless appearances spanning 7 1-3 innings.
Romero is expected to report to spring training with the Phillies next month and is allowed to pitch in exhibition games. He'll likely stay in Florida for extended spring training.
"We're very supportive of what Major League Baseball has done and the policies it has implemented," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said during a conference call.
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