Aug 19, 2011 1:31 AM by Lee Douglas
DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Rockies have released Sky Sox first baseman Mike Jacobs after he received a 50-game suspension from Major League Baseball for taking a performance-enhancing substance.
In a statement, Jacobs said he took human growth hormone to overcome knee and back ailments. He apologized and said he hopes to continue his playing career after serving his suspension.
The 30-year-old Jacobs has played six major league seasons, collecting 100 homers and 310 RBIs with a career .254 batting average with the Mets, Marlins and Royals.
He was leading the Rockies' Triple-A team in Colorado Springs with 23 homers and 97 RBIs while hitting .298 over 117 games with the Sky Sox.
The Rockies released a statement expressing their disappointment in Jacobs and saying PEDs must be eradicated from the sport.
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