Twins pitcher Ervin Santana has been suspended 80 games without pay after testing positive the anabolic steroid Stanozolol.
After the news was announced, Santana released a statement, calling the suspension "unexpected." From the statement:
"I am frustrated that I can't pinpoint how the substance in question entered my body," he said. "What I can guarantee is I never knowingly took anything illegal to enhance my performance. That’s just not me, never has been. I need to be more careful on what I consume in my home country. I will be more vigilant of medications I take so that I don't commit another mistake. Having said that, I believe it is best to move forward and accept the punishment."
The pitcher spent the first eight years of his career with the Los Angeles Angels, who signed him as a free-agent in 2000. Santana was an All-Star in 2008 and pitched a no-hitter in 2011.
After going 9-13 with a 5.16 ERA for the Angels in 2012, Santana was traded to the Kansas City Royals, where he spent the 2013 season.
- Molly Geary