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Mota to be activated following 50-game suspension

NEW YORK -- The Mets are ready to welcome back relief pitcher Guillermo Mota, who was suspended by Major League Baseball last fall for 50 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

Mota is expected to be available in the bullpen as the Mets enter the middle game of a three-game set against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night.

"Hopefully everybody in this clubhouse learned from [Mota's] mistake," Mets third baseman David Wright said Tuesday, according to the New York Post. "He served his suspension, took a big financial hit, and we're going to welcome him back because we need him."

When Major League Baseball announced Mota's suspension last Nov. 1, the commissioner's office did not say why he was suspended. However, Mota's failed drug test was confirmed by a baseball official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the specifics weren't included in the release.

At the time, Mota released a statement saying "I have no one to blame but myself," but the statement did not offer an explanation as to how he ran afoul of baseball's drug rules. "I take full responsibility for my actions and accept MLB's suspension. I used extremely poor judgment and deserve to be held accountable."

The Mets cleared a roster spot after Tuesday's 12-inning victory over the Giants, announcing reliever Ambiorix Burgos was optioned to the minor leagues.

The 33-year-old Mota was 4-3 with a 4.53 ERA last season with Cleveland and the Mets, who acquired him from the Indians on Aug. 20. He went 3-0 with a 1.00 ERA in 18 appearances for the Mets.

Mets closer Billy Wagner told the Post that Mota doesn't owe an apology to his teammates.

"He served his penalty, paid his price," Wagner said. "He doesn't have to come to me and apologize. He had his reasons for doing it. I don't know why and I don't care. The problem is the people that aren't getting caught."

Mets general manager Omar Minaya said Mota's velocity and command have been good during extended spring training.

"He's a veteran relief pitcher who has the ability to control and dominate an inning, and that's something we're very welcomed to have," Minaya said, according to the Post. "Based upon what we have seen, the pitches are there, the velocity is there and his off-speed pitches are there."