The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Oakland Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon has received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Testosterone, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
The suspension of Colon is effective immediately.
Colon did not try to make excuses for the positive test through a statement released through the MLB Players Association
“I apologize to the fans, to my teammates and to the Oakland A's. I accept responsibility for my actions and I will serve my suspension as required by the Joint Drug Program,” Colon said.
Since last year, three Major League players have tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone. Colon, along with the Giants’ Melky Cabrera and NL MVP Ryan Braun. Braun’s suspension was overturned when an independent arbiter ruled that the chain of custody was broke with his test sample.
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