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Farmers Only: Well, we figured out what happened to Justin Mallett

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The past few days, we've been wondering why the Reds suddenly released pitcher Justin Mallett off of their AA team in Carolina on Friday.  Well, wonder no further.  According to ESPN, Mallett tested positive for a "drug of abuse", and has been suspended for 100 games (its his second offense).  He isn't much use to the Reds right now, and you have to think that his career may be over, as his suspension will start after he signs with a major league club and not many teams will take a flyer on a 27-year old who has a 100 game suspension in front of him.

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