Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte suspended 80 games for PEDs
Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star outfielder Starling Marte has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday.
Marte, 28, tested positive for Nandrolone, which violates the MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The suspension is effective immediately. Marte would also be ineligible for the postseason if the Pirates made it.
“We are disappointed that Starling put himself, his teammates and the organization in this position,” Pirates president Frank Coonelly said in a statement. “We will continue to fight for the division title with the men who are here and will look forward to getting Starling back after the All-Star break.”
A two-time Gold Glove winner, Marte was hitting .241 this season with two home runs and seven RBIs. Marte had his best offensive season last year, hitting .311 with nine home runs. He has a career .288 batting average with 60 home runs and 242 RBIs.
“I have been informed that I have tested positive in one of the tests that are regularly done in my job,” Marte said in a statement. “In this very difficult moment I apologize to my family, the Pittsburgh Pirates, my teammates, my fans, and baseball in general. Neglect and lack of knowledge have led me to this mistake with the high price to pay of being away from the field that I enjoy and love so much. With much embarrassment and helplessness, I ask for forgiveness for unintentionally disrespecting so many people who have trusted in my work and have supported me so much. I promise to learn the lesson that this ordeal has left me. God bless you.”
Starling Marte: “Neglect..lack of knowledge..unintentional disrespect.” pic.twitter.com/ZU9K2pZZre
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