Boston Crimson Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright was suspended 80 video games on Wednesday after testing constructive for a performance-enhancing substance.
Main League Baseball stated Wright examined constructive for progress hormone releasing peptide 2 (GHRP-2).
Steven Wright examined constructive for progress hormone releasing peptide 2 and has been suspended for 80 video games. Jim Rogash/Getty Photos
Wright informed reporters in Fort Myers, Florida, on Wednesday that he failed an offseason take a look at and appealed.
“We could not determine how this substance received into my physique,” he stated. “However on the finish of the day, it is my accountability. It falls on me.”
Wright stated he couldn’t show it was unintentional, so he accepted the suspension.
“I do know the reality. Folks near me know I would not deliberately do that,” Wright stated. “Sadly, generally issues get into your system.’
The suspension will start in the beginning of the 2019 season.
In an announcement, the workforce stated: “The Boston Crimson Sox totally assist Main League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Therapy Program and its efforts to eradicate performance-enhancing substances from the sport. Whereas we’re disenchanted by the information of this violation, we are going to look to supply the suitable assist to Steven presently.”
An All-Star in 2016, the 34-year-old right-hander began the 2018 season late after present process left knee surgical procedure and serving a 15-game suspension beneath Main League Baseball’s home violence coverage. He made 4 begins and 6 aid appearances, went again on the disabled checklist in late June due to the knee, then returned in September.
In January, he and the Crimson Sox agreed to a one-year contract for $1,375,000, a elevate of $275,000, in a deal that averted arbitration.
Wright went Three-1 with a 2.68 ERA in 4 begins and 16 aid appearances in 2018. He was faraway from the Division Sequence roster following the opener in opposition to the New York Yankees, a day after re-injuring his left knee throughout a exercise, and had arthroscopic surgical procedure on his left knee on Nov. 13.
The Crimson Sox bullpen stays the most important query mark for the defending World Sequence champions. Nearer Craig Kimbrel and flamethrower Joe Kelly left in free company. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski stated final month the workforce is unlikely to spend huge cash on a more in-depth, which implies the position is prone to fall to Ryan Brasier, Matt Barnes or Tyler Thornburg. Kimbrel stays unsigned.