Dodgers pitcher Ravin latest to be nailed for PEDs

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Josh Ravin was suspended Monday for 80 games following a positive test under Major League Baseball's drug program.

Ravin is the eighth player suspended this year under the Major League program and the fourth in three weeks. He tested positive for Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide 2 (GHRP-2), the commissioner's office said.

Ravin blamed the positive test on a supplement he took during spring training after a bout with intestinal flu and strep throat caused him to lose 20 pounds in about a week.

"To try and speed up my recovery, I took some supplements that I thought would help," he said in a statement. "Unfortunately, I was not as careful as I should have been and one of the supplements contained a banned substance.

"I later learned that the substance showed up in a regular drug test done of me during 2016 spring training. This has been a very painful lesson for me. I have always tried to avoid doing anything in violation of the system and I take full responsibility for the consequences of my actions and my bad judgment."

A 28-year-old right-hander, Ravin has been on the disabled list since the start of the season because of a broken left forearm. He was 2-1 with a 6.75 ERA last year in nine relief appearances with the Dodgers in his first major league action. He spent most of the season at Triple-A Oklahoma City. Ravin will lose $225,137 US from his $515,000 salary. The Dodgers said in a statement the team was disappointed.

Players suspended in 2016

  • May 2 – Josh Ravin, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers, 80 games, Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide 2. 
  • April 28 – Dee Gordon, 2B, Miami, 80 games, testosterone and Clostebol. 
  • April 22 – Chris Colabello, 1B-OF, Toronto, 80 games, dehydrochlormethyltestosterone. 
  • April 14 – Daniel Stumpf, LHP, Philadelphia, 80 games, dehydrochlormethyltestosterone. 
  • April 1 – Taylor Teagarden, C, free agent, 80 games, unamed PED. 
  • Feb. 26 – Abraham Almonte, OF, Cleveland, 80 games, boldenone. 
  • Feb. 12 – Jenrry Mejia, RHP, N.Y. Mets, life, boldenone (third positive test). 
  • Feb. 5 – Juan Duran, OF, Cincinnati, 80 games, drostanolone, stanozolol and nandrolone. 

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