Veteran Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright has been suspended 80 games for violating Major League Baseball’s drug policy.
The MLB commissioner’s office announced Wright’s suspension on Wednesday after the knuckleballer tested positive for Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide 2 (GHRP-2), which is classified as a performance-enhancing substance.
The MLB Players Association released a statement on behalf of Wright, who said he was “shocked” and had “never intentionally ingested anything for performance-enhancing purposes.”
The right-hander made four starts and 16 relief appearances during the 2018 regular season with a 2.68 ERA. After pitching one game in the AL division series, Wright, 34, re-aggravated a knee injury that had plagued him throughout the year.
He had arthroscopic knee surgery in November and had not yet begun to throw off a mound in spring training.
It’s the second career suspension for Wright, a member of the American League All-Star team in 2016. He served a 15-game ban at the beginning of last season for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy.
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