A big blow was dealt to the Pittsburgh Pirates today. MLB announced that OF Starling Marte will be suspended for 80 games after testing positive for the ban PED Nandrolone. Because of the suspension, Marte would not be eligible for the postseason if the Pirates were to make it. Marte will begin the suspension now. He will be able to return in July.
Marte, 28, released a statement on Tuesday:
“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. 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.”
The Pirates will have a hard time replacing what Marte brings to the table!