Major League Baseball has announced that Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for Nandrolone. Nandrolone is a synthetic anabolic-androgenic steroid and is a banned performance-enhancing drug across professional sports. Marte’s suspension is effective immediately.
In a statement released by the Major League Baseball Players’ Association, Marte accepted responsibility in testing positive. He’s the first player on a major league roster to get suspended under MLB’s Joint Drug Agreement.
“I have been informed that I have tested positive in one of the tests that are regularly done in my job,” Marte said. “In this very difficult moment I apologize to my family, the Pittsburgh Pirates, my teammates, my fans, and baseball in general. Neglect and lack of knowledge have led me to this mistake with the high price to pay of being away from the field that I enjoy and love so much. With much embarrassment and helplessness, I ask for forgiveness for unintentionally disrespecting so many people who have trusted in my work and have supported me so much. I promise to learn the lesson that this ordeal has left me. God bless you.”