Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, per Jon Morosi of MLB Network.
The drug Wright tested positive for was a growth hormone, and he says he is "shocked" by the results.
Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright suspended 80 games by @MLB after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide 2 (GHRP-2), according to a league announcement. @MLBNetwork— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) March 6, 2019
Steven Wright on PED suspension: Although I do not dispute the validity of the test, I was shocked as I have never intentionally ingested anything for performance-enhancing purposes. I have fully cooperated with MLB and will continue to try and identify the source of the result.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) March 6, 2019
Here's the Red Sox' official statement on the matter:
Here’s the Red Sox statement: pic.twitter.com/AeJnIXfHqK— Jen McCaffrey (@jcmccaffrey) March 6, 2019
Wright missed almost all of the 2017 season and part of the 2018 campaign with a left knee injury. He underwent surgery on the knee during the offseason.
The 34-year-old also was suspended 15 games to start the '18 season for violating the league's domestic-violence policy.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora said he is "disappointed" by Wright's suspension.
Alex Cora on Steven Wright suspension: “I’m disappointed.” Thinks MLB is doing a great job cleaning up the game.— Jason Mastrodonato (@JMastrodonato) March 6, 2019
A positive PED test means Wright would be ineligible to play in the postseason.
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