Pi­rates out­fielder Marte sus­pended 80 games for PEDs

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NEW YORK | Pitts­burgh Pi­rates All­Star out­fielder Star­ling Marte has been sus­pended 80 games by Ma­jor League Base­ball af­ter test­ing pos­i­tive for a per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing drug.

The league said Tues­day that Marte tested pos­i­tive for the steroid Nan­drolone. He will be el­i­gi­ble to re­turn in mid-July.

Marte was an All-Star for the first time in his ca­reer in 2016 and moved from left field to cen­ter field in the off­sea­son af­ter win­ning his sec­ond Gold Glove. The 28-year-old from the Do­mini­can Repub­lic is hit­ting .241 with two home runs and seven RBIs this sea­son. The Pi­rates be­gan play on Tues­day 6-7 through the first two weeks of the sea­son.

Marte said in a state­ment that “ne­glect and lack of knowl­edge led to this mis­take.”

“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,” he said. “I prom­ise to learn the les­son that this or­deal has left me.”

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