Mallett suspended for positive test

NEW YORK -- Free-agent pitcher Justin Mallett was been suspended 100 games Wednesday for testing positive for a drug of abuse, his second violation of baseball's minor league drug program.

Mallett was suspended for 50 games on April 11, 2006, also following a positive test for a drug of abuse.

The 27-year-old right-hander was 0-2 with a 3.68 ERA in five starts this season for Cincinnati's Double-A Carolina farm team in the Southern League and had no record in two relief appearances for Triple-A Louisville in the International League. He was released Friday.

The suspension will start as soon as Mallett signs with a major league organization.