MLB palms Richard Rodríguez, Danny Santana and José Rondón 80-game PED suspensions

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Main League Baseball introduced performance-enhancing drug-related suspensions for 3 free brokers on Monday: right-handed pitcher Richard Rodríguez and infielders Danny Santana and José Rondón. Every of the three was banned for 80 video games after testing constructive for the substance Boldenone, “an anabolic androgenic steroid and artificial by-product of testosterone that was initially developed for veterinary use however has since develop into one of many extra widespread performance-enhancing medicine that athletes check constructive for in sport,” in accordance with the U.S. Anti-Doping Company.

Rodríguez, 32, cut up final season between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Atlanta Braves. General, he amassed a 2.94 ERA (148 ERA+) and a 4.20 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Sadly for Rodríguez, his efficiency cratered in different methods following a midseason commerce to Atlanta. In 26 innings with the eventual World Collection champions, he struck out simply 3.1 batters per 9. It is value noting that, if solely by coincidence, Rodríguez’s descent appeared to coincide with MLB’s crackdown on grip enhancers.

Santana, 31, spent final 12 months with the Boston Crimson Sox. He appeared in 38 video games, accumulating a .181/.252/.345 (57 OPS+) slash line with 5 residence runs and 4 steals. Santana, a flexible defender, has loved restricted success throughout his big-league profession, posting an OPS+ north of 100 on two events: in 2013, his rookie 12 months, after which once more in 2019, when he was an above-average participant for the Texas Rangers.

Rondón, 28, was a member of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2021. He notched 90 plate appearances throughout 63 video games, hitting .263/.322/.413 (104 OPS+) with three residence runs and two stolen bases. Rondón had beforehand appeared in video games with the San Diego Padres, Chicago White Sox, and Baltimore Orioles.

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