Edinson Volquez, the promising young and currently injured Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher, has been suspended 50 games, the result of a positive test for an illegal performance-enhancing drug.
Volquez, 26, underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last August, and therefore was unlikely to pitch during the first half of this season, anyway. But he won't be paid his salary, about $130,000, as he serves his penalty.
The pitcher released a statement attributing his test result to a drug he took to try to start a family with his wife.
Manny Ramirez offered a similar explanation last year, although the Dodgers' slugger actually was suspended for a non-analytical positive, which is based on evidence other than a laboratory test.
"As a result, I tested positive when I reported to spring training,'' Volquez said. "Although I understand that I must accept responsibility for this mistake and have chosen not to challenge my suspension, I want to assure everyone that this was an isolated incident involving my genuine effort to treat a common medical issue.''
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