The Athletics received some bad news Friday.
Major League Baseball announced that right-hander Frankie Montas has been suspended 80 games for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy.
The Major League Baseball Players Association is releasing the below statement on behalf of Frankie Montas: pic.twitter.com/wHPbMy1ObB— MLBPA Communications (@MLBPA_News) June 21, 2019
Statement regarding Frankie Montas suspension:— AthleticsPR (@AthleticsPR) June 21, 2019
The A’s were disappointed upon learning of this suspension. We fully support MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program and we will welcome Frankie back after the discipline has been served.
MLB has announced the 80-game suspension of Oakland right-hander Frankie Montas. While sources said he made a compelling argument the banned substance he took was not to enhance pitching performance, Montas accepted the suspension without appealing it.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 21, 2019
Montas was in the midst of breakout season for the A's. The 26-year-old was 9-2 with a 2.70 ERA in 15 starts.
The A's have been playing better baseball of late, but they now need to find a way forward without their best pitcher.