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Ervin Santana Suspended


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Photo courtesy of Gabe Rodriguez/Legends on Deck

Ervin Santana has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs.  According to MLB, the drug was Stanozolol which is a synthetic anabolic steroid.

The Minnesota Twins handed out their largest ever free agent contract to Santana this offseason.  The four-year deal was worth $55 million and came with an option for a fifth year.  There is no doubt that the organization and fans are severely disappointed as Santana was looked to to bolster a rotation that really hasn’t been the greatest over the last few seasons.

The Twins released this statement:

“We were disappointed to learn of the suspension of Ervin Santana for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. We fully support Major League Baseball’s policy and its efforts to eliminate performance enhancing substances from our game. Per the protocol outlined in the Joint Drug Program, the Minnesota Twins will not comment further on this matter.”

Ervin Santana also released a statement through the Major League Baseball Players Association:

“This is unexpected news for me and my family.  I am issuing this statement so the public knows where I stand.  First, my deepest apologies to my family, fans, colleagues, teammates and my current employer the Minnesota Twins.  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.  I would never knowingly take anything illegal to enhance my performance.  What I can guarantee is I never knowingly took anything illegal to enhance my performance.  That’s just not me, never has been and never will.”

According to reports, the Twins will only be on the hook for about half of the $13.5 million Santana was due to receive while he is out on suspension.


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