Mets minor-leaguer L.J. Mazzilli, son of former Yankees and Mets player Lee Mazzilli, was given a 50-game suspension after he tested positive a second time for what was described as a "drug of abuse," according to a statement released by Major League Baseball Tuesday.
Mazzilli, who plays for Class A St. Lucie, will serve his suspension at the beginning of this coming season, the statement said.
"After everything my loved ones, supporters and the NY Mets have given me, especially an opportunity to chase my childhood dream, I couldn't be more ashamed and sorry," L.J. Mazzilli said in a written statement released by the Mets.
"Unfortunately, in life, you cannot go back on a bad decision that was made, and in my case, one that I very much regret," he said. "I have learned the hard way that nothing in this life is as important as being a good representative of yourself, your legacy, your family, and contributing positively to society. I am ready to move forward positively in my life and in my career."
Lee Mazzilli said that his son would seek "professional help on his own," also in a statement released by the Mets. The Mets said they supported the league's drug prevention program, but were "disappointed and sorry to hear of L.J.'s struggles. We are pleased that L.J. has sought counseling to address his issues."
Mazzilli, 24, formerly of the University of Connecticut, was taken by the Mets in the fourth round of the 2013 draft. In 131 games with three Mets minor-league affiliates last season, the middle infielder hit .301/.361/.440, with 11 home runs and 79 RBIs.