Cleveland Indians outfield Marlon Byrd will be suspended 162-games as a second-time offender, per FOX Sports. Major League Baseball is expected to make an announcement on Wednesday.
Source: Tribe’s Marlon Byrd tested positive for PEDs, again. Previously suspended 50 games after testing positive in 2012. Announcement soon
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Byrd is a 15-year pro who began his career with the Phillies in 2002 at age 24. His best season may have been in 2003 when he finished fourth in rookie of the year voting in the National League hitting .303 in 135 games. The 38-year old has spent time with 10 different Major League teams.
Byrd released a lengthy statement on Wednesday which read in part:
“After an extensive investigation by my lawyers and an independent chemist, it was concluded that the most likely source of Ipamorelin was a tainted supplement. I alone am responsible for what I put in my body, and therefore, I have decided to forgo my right to an appeal in this matter and accept the suspension. I apologize for any harm this has caused the Cleveland Indians, Indians fans, my teammates and most importantly, my family.”
Indians manager Terry Francona said Byrd addressed the team Wednesday and told his teammate that his career is basically over.
Francona said Byrd relayed this was not the way he wanted to end his professional baseball career.