Starling Marte, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder, has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. Marte was an All-Star in 2016 and is batting .241 with 2 home runs so far this season through 13 games.
He tested positive for Nandrolone, which is classified as a steroid. Marte has a career batting average of .288 to go along with 60 homers. Pittsburgh is 6-7 and 2 games back of first place in the NL Central. This is extremely damaging to the Pirates’ playoff hopes, and could potentially cost them a berth.
Even if Pittsburgh is able to navigate their way into the playoffs, Marte will be ineligible to play for the entire postseason, according to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi. Austin Meadows, Triple-A prospect, will likely be called up and inserted into the lineup.
“I have been informed that I have tested positive in one of the tests that are regularly done in my job,” Marte said in a statement. “In this very difficult moment I apologize to my family, the Pittsburgh Pirates, my teammates, my fans, and baseball in general.”
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