Oakland Athletics outfielder Ramon Laureano received an 80-game unpaid suspension from the MLB on Friday for testing positive for the performance-enhancing substance Nandrolone.
Laureano, 27, was batting .246 with 14 home runs and 39 RBIs in 88 games this season and had just agreed to move to right field with Oakland’s recent acquisition of Starling Marte.
MLB announced that the suspension begins immediately.
âI would never knowingly ingest any prohibited substance and endanger the game that I have loved all my life,â Laureano said in a statement issued through the MLB Players Association. âWhen I found out that I had tested positive for nandrolone, I was shocked. I take great care of my body and have an extremely strict diet.
“Based on the minute amount that was briefly in my body, I learned that it was likely that it was contamination from something I ingested.”
In his fourth season with the A’s, Laureano is a 0.263 career hitter with 49 home runs and 150 RBIs.
âI am devastated,â Laureano said in her statement. “Anyone who really knows me as a person knows how much I love the game and that I would never intentionally do something like this.”
The A’s are 61-48 this season for Friday’s game and sit second in the AHL, four games behind the Houston Astros.