The Pirates will be without their All-Star outfielder for the next 80 games after it was announced Tuesday that Starling Marte has been suspended by Major League Baseball.
Marte, 28, was suspended without pay after testing positive for Nandrolone, a performance-enhancing substance. The Pirates released the following statement:
Statement from Pirates President Frank Coonelly. pic.twitter.com/c6APCxtrcb— Pirates (@Pirates) April 18, 2017
The two-time Rawlings Gold Glove winner released his own statement, via Ken Rosenthal.
“I have been informed that I have tested positive in one of the tests that are regularly done in my job. 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.”
The suspension begins immediately.