HASH(0xb41770)

Pirates CF Starling Marte suspended 80 games for PEDs

Pirates CF Starling Marte suspended 80 games for PEDs

NEW YORK — Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star outfielder Starling Marte has been suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

The league said Tuesday that Marte tested positive for the steroid Nandrolone. He will be eligible to return in mid-July.

Marte was an All-Star for the first time in his career in 2016 and moved from left field to centre field in the off-season after winning his second Gold Glove. The 28-year-old from the Dominican Republic is hitting .241 with two home runs and seven RBIs this season. The Pirates began play on Tuesday 6-7 through the first two weeks of the season.

Marte said in a statement that “neglect and lack of knowledge led to this mistake.”

“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,” he said. “I promise to learn the lesson that this ordeal has left me.”

Pirates president Frank Coonelly he was “disappointed 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,” Coonelly said, “and will look forward to getting Starling back after the All-Star break.”

Under the league’s drug agreement, Marte is ineligible for the 2017 post-season if the Pirates were able to advance.

It’s a task made considerably harder with Marte out of the mix for the next three months. Pittsburgh is already missing third baseman Jung Ho Kang, who remains in his native South Korea awaiting a work visa after being convicted of driving under the influence in February.

The Pirates recalled Jose Osuna from Triple-A Indianapolis ahead of their game Tuesday night in St. Louis.

Marte is the second player to be suspended this season for running afoul of the league’s drug policy. Philadelphia pitcher Elniery Garcia, who was on the Phillies 40-man roster but assigned to Double-A Reading, was suspended last week.

___

More AP Baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

The Associated Press

Just Posted

Chilliwack school trustee Neufled vows to run for re-election on anti SOGI plateform

Chilliwack crowd cheers condemnation of education ministry’s program on sexual orientation and gender identification

Parents rally to support LGBT education in Abbotsford schools

Small demonstration held in the rain to counter anti-SOGI rhetoric

RCMP warn of counterfeit US $20 bills passed in Chilliwack

Police received a ‘rash of calls’ from merchants in the Yale-Vedder corridor

Open House to offer input on density in Chilliwack neighbourhoods

The Open House is set for Nov. 30 at Evergreen Hall in Chilliwack, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Chilliwack trustee slated to speak at Culture Guard rally

Barry Neufeld listed as honoured guest by group that rallies against LGBTQ discussions in schools

VIDEO: Chilliwack’s first independent film festival

Films from around B.C. and the world were screened in Chilliwack at the inaugural festival.

David Cassidy, teen idol and ‘Partridge Family’ star, dies at 67

Cassidy announced earlier this year he had been diagnosed with dementia

RCMP warn of counterfeit US $20 bills passed in Chilliwack

Police received a ‘rash of calls’ from merchants in the Yale-Vedder corridor

Vigil held for woman whose remains were found on Shuswap farm

Family and friends remember Vernon resident Traci Genereaux and along with five other missing women

Brewers create anti-fascist ale

Not For Nazis Nut Brown Ale made in the Shuswap will be ready in time for Christmas

LETTER: Jumbo Valley is part of Ktunaxa territorial claim

Ktunaxa Nation Council responds to Tom Fletcher column

Pitt Meadows councillor convicted of sex assault resigns from job

David Murray will retire from work with city of Port Coquitlam

RCMP bust 3,800-plant marijuana grow-op on First Nation reserve near Chilliwack

Three men face charges for large drug operation on Soowahlie Reserve

VIDEO: Government approves funding of $750,000 drug for B.C. woman

Approval comes one day after province announces funding for Soliris on a case-by-case basis

Most Read