The Major League Baseball chief’s office said Tuesday that Pittsburgh’s Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was suspended for 80 games for violating baseball’s joint anti-doping program.
The suspension, which will be effective immediately, was due to a positive to nandrolone, major leagues reported. As part of the penalty, the player is ineligible to participate in the postseason.
“I have been informed that I tested positive for one of the tests they do regularly in my work,” Marte said in a statement. “If I take this time so difficult for me is to apologize to my family, the Pirates, my teammates, my fans and baseball in a general sense,” he added.
Through the statement, Mars implied that it consumed the banned substances by mistake, without giving further details.
“Neglect and lack of knowledge have made me fall into a mistake with a high price to pay, which will be to be outside of what I so much enjoy and love,” he said. “With great shame and a lot of impotence, I just ask that you forgive me for unconsciously disrespecting so many people who have trusted in my work and have supported me so much.” “I promise to learn from this lesson, God bless you,” he said.
Mars, 28, hit .241 with two home runs and seven RBI in the first two weeks of the current season, his sixth in the majors. The Guatemalan comes from a campaign in which he was summoned to his first All-Star Game and won his second consecutive Gold Glove.