Marlins C Paulino suspended for positive drug test

Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez called a pregame meeting Friday, just to remind players of the consequences for taking anything illegal.

“I have to say I was surprised,” Rodriguez said. “Nobody expected that. It’s a very complicated matter, but then again, what happened happened and we have to move on.”

Florida (60-60) began the day 10 1/2 games behind the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves and eight back of the Philadelphia Phillies in the wild-card race.

Paulino figures to lose about $272,000 in salary. The Marlins placed Paulino on the restricted list and recalled catcher Brad Davis from Triple-A New Orleans.

“I accept full responsibility and all consequences for this mistake, and therefore choose not to challenge my suspension,” the 29-year-old Paulino said. “I was irresponsible for failing to take all precautionary steps in confirming the approval of the dietary pill. Without a doubt, I have learned from my mistake.”

Paulino is the second player to be suspended this year under the major league drug policy. Cincinnati Reds pitcher Edinson Volquez received a 50-game ban in April for a positive test for a performance-enhancing substance.

Paulino, a native of the Dominican Republic, began his big league career with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was traded three times after the 2008 season, landing in Florida when the Marlins acquired him from San Francisco for a minor league pitcher.

“This is not behavior we tolerate,” Samson said. “This is not how you get ahead. This is, for any kid who is playing baseball and wants to play baseball, you do not become a major leaguer or a better major leaguer by violating policies. You just don’t.”

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