Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Ervin Santana has been busted for using stanozolol, which is an anabolic steroid that is banned by the MLB.
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As a result of testing positive for this substance, the Twins pitcher has been suspended for the first 80 games of the 2015 season.
Santana denied knowingly using illegal PEDs in his statement, saying that he prides himself on hard work.
“I am very disappointed that I tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug. I am frustrated that I can’t pinpoint how the substance in question entered my body,” Santana said.
Santana has spent the majority of his career with the Los Angeles Angels and made the American League All-Star team in 2008 while finishing sixth in the Cy Young voting.
He had posted a 16-7 record with a 3.49 earned run average and 214 strikeouts in 219 innings. After leaving the Angels, he signed a one-year deal with the Kansas City Royals and posted an impressive 3.24 ERA.
He then played for the Atlanta Braves in 2014 while striking out 179 batters before striking gold with a four-year, $55 million deal with the Twins.
The Twins have struggled with their starting pitching in the last few seasons, so this suspension is sure to set them back even more.