Mariners’ Tim Beckham suspended 80 games after positive PED test

first_imgMariners Infielder Tim Beckham has been suspended for 80 games after he tested positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing drug, MLB announced Tuesday.Beckham, 29, released a statement that said he was given a product from a “trusted source” that led him to believe it was fine to take. Beckham has played mostly shortstop and some left field during the 2019 season. He was slashing .237/.293/.461 with 15 home runs in his first season in Seattle.He was selected No. 1 overall in the 2008 MLB Draft by the Rays and made his major league debut in September 2013. He tore his ACL before the 2014 season, which caused him to miss that year.He was dealt to the Orioles at the trade deadline in 2017, then signed a one-year contract with the Mariners in January. Blue Jays extending Rogers Centre protective netting for 2020 season “Regrettably, the product was tainted,” Beckham said. “I accept full responsibility for putting myself in this position. I sincerely apologize to the Mariners’ organization, the fans, my teammates, and my family for this mistake.”The Major League Baseball Players Association is releasing the following statement on behalf of Tim Beckham:— MLBPA Communications (@MLBPA_News) August 6, 2019Beckham also said he presented his case to an independent arbitrator, but said he respects the ruling. Related Newscenter_img The suspension is effective immediately, beginning with Tuesday’s game against the Padres. Since there are 48 games left in the season for Seattle, Beckham will have to serve the other 32 games when the 2020 season begins. Robinson Cano injury update: Mets put second baseman on IL with torn hamstringlast_img read more