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REPORT: Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star Starling Marte Suspended 80 Games For Testing Positive For PEDs
The Pittsburgh Pirates will be without their star outfielder until well after the All-Star Game after the hammer was dropped on him on Tuesday.
Starling Marte has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.
Marte tested positive for Nandrolone, which is classified as a steroid.
“I have been informed that I have tested positive in one of the tests that are regularly done in my job. In this very difficult moment I apologize to my family, the Pittsburgh Pirates, my teammates, my fans, and baseball in general,” Marte said in a statement.
“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.”
Pirates president Frank Coonelly made it clear he supports MLB’s decision, but he also expressed his disappointment “that Starling put himself, his teammates and the organization in this position.”
“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,” he said.
Marte was batting .241 with 2 home runs through 13 games so far this season.