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Twins' Pineda suspended 60 games for violating MLB's Drug Prevention and Treatment Program

FILE PHOTO: Minnesota Twins pitcher Michael Pineda throws against the Texas Rangers in the first inning. Photo: AP/Jim Mone
FILE PHOTO: Minnesota Twins pitcher Michael Pineda throws against the Texas Rangers in the first inning.

Updated: September 07, 2019 06:51 PM

Twins pitcher Michael Pineda was suspended 60 days by Major League Baseball on Saturday for vioilating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Pineda tested positive for a trace amount of a banned diuretic substance called Hydrochlorothiazide. The suspension begins immediately and will carry into the playoffs. He will forfeit $989,247 of his $8 million salary this season and is a free agent after the season ends.

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"I mistakenly took a medication that was given to me by a close acquaintance, who obtained it over-the-counter and assured me it would safely help me manage my weight," Pineda admitted in a statement released by the MLB Players Association. "I ingested a few of these pills without the consent of the Twins' training staff."

Pineda apologized to the Twins, his teammates, his family and fans for his "error in judgment" and said he "never intended to cheat the system, other players or opposing teams."

Pineda has an 11-5 record with a 4.01 ERA for the Twins in 2019. He's been their top starting pitcher recently and struck out 10 batters in six innings on Friday night against Cleveland at Target Field.

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