Kinney, Hodge suspended 50 games

Former Major Leaguer tested positive for amphetamine

Right-hander Matt Kinney has not pitched for Fresno since June 12. (Brent Asay/

By Danny Wild / | August 24, 2010 12:50 PM

Major League veteran Matt Kinney and Mets prospect Lachlan Hodge were suspended on Tuesday after testing positive for amphetamines.

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced that both has been suspended for 50 games following their violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Both suspensions are effective immediately.

Kinney has been sidelined since June 13, when the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies placed him on the 7-Day Disabled List. He had appeared in seven games with Fresno, going 0-2 with a 9.64 ERA.

The 33-year-old, who was originally drafted by the Red Sox in the sixth round of the 1995 Draft, gave up -- as a member of the Brewers -- Barry Bonds' 660th home run, which tied Bonds with Willie Mays on the all-time homer list.

He made his Major League debut in 2000 with the Minnesota Twins and saw time in the Majors in 2002 (Minnesota), 2003 (Milwaukee), 2004 (Milwaukee/Kansas City) and 2005 (San Francisco). He spent the 2008 season in Japan before returning to the Giants and Triple-A Fresno.

Lachlan signed with the New York Mets as a non-drafted free agent on Jan. 29, 2007, and has pitched for the Mets' Rookie-level clubs since. He is 0-3 11.05 ERA in six games, including four starts, with Kingsport. He spent the last two seasons with the Mets' Gulf Coast League affiliate.

Kinney and Hodge became the 76th and 77th Minor League players to be suspended in 2010.

Danny Wild is an editor for This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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