Twins SS Polanco Suspended 80 Games for Drug Violation

March 18, 2018 06:04 PM

Major League Baseball suspended Minnesota Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco for 80 games without pay after testing positive for the steroid Stanozolol.

Polanco finished the 2017 season with a strong surge, and was slated to be the Twins everyday starting shortstop in 2018.

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Eduardo Escobar likely becomes the starter at shortstop with Ehire Adrianza the probable backup.

Stanozolol is the same PED Twins pitcher Ervin Santana received an 80-game suspension after testing positive for in 2015.

The Twins issued the following statement via e-mail:

"“We were disappointed to learn of the suspension of Jorge Polanco for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. We fully support Major League Baseball’s policy and its efforts to eliminate performance enhancing substances from our game. Per the protocol outlined in the Joint Drug Program, the Minnesota Twins will not comment further on this matter.”

Polanco also issued a statement, published by Dan Hayes of The Athletic.

The statement claims Polanco did not intentionally take the PED Stanozolol, but that it was mistakenly included in a supplement provided to him by a trainer in the Dominican Republic.

Polanco's statement is as follows:

"Today, I have regretfully accepted my 80-game suspension for testing positive for Stanozolol.  To be clear, I did not intentionally consume this steroid. I now know, however, that my intention alone is not a good enough excuse and I will pay the price for my error in judgement. The substance that I requested from my athletic trainer in the Dominican Republic and consented to take was a combination of vitamin B12 and an iron supplement, something that is not unusual or illegal for professional athletes to take Unfortunately, what I was given was not that supplement and I take full responsibility for what is in my body. 

Every bone in my body wants to appeal this suspension but out of respect for Derek Falvey, Thad Levine, Paul Molitor, my coaches, my teammates, and the entire Twins organization, I have decided to withdraw my request to appeal and I will begin serving my suspension immediately. My hope is that through this extremely disappointing situation other players will learn from my mistake.

I hope that those who have believed in me, those within the Twins organization, my teammates, and the fans in Minnesota and in the Dominican republic will accept my sincere apology. I will continue to train hard every day in the hopes of being able to contriubute to wininng baseball games with the Twins later this year."

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