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Coach Parent reacts to son's PED suspension

BOSTON -- Mark Parent used the phrase "a little disappointing" to describe the 50-game suspension of his son, Nick, for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The son of the White Sox bench coach was playing at rookie-level Bristol and being converted to a catcher, so he was trying to lose a little weight, according to Parent's comments made Friday at Fenway Park. Although Parent said that his son was unsure what exactly it was he took, the positive test showed metabolites of Stanozolol.

"He was trying to lose weight and took the wrong stuff, I guess," said Parent of his son, who was 8-for-70 with Bristol after being taken in the 36th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. "But you have to be a little bit more intelligent about those kinds of things."

Regardless of the reason leading to the suspension, the ultimate outcome for the younger Parent is dealing with 50 games away from baseball.

"It just goes to show you, no matter who you are, you break the rules, you break the rules," Parent said. "He's got to be his own man. He has to suffer his own consequences. I'll give him all the advice I can in the offseason to help him get further in his career. The bottom line is he has to sit out after tonight 48 more games. That's not good.

"Take care of your own stuff. Take care of your own business. He made a mistake and he's going to pay for it."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin.
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