Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Josh Ravin was given an 80-game suspension last Monday after testing positive for Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide 2 (GHRP-2), making him the fourth player to test positive in less than a month, and the eighth to be banned by the Major League program this year.
The number seventy-one right-hander is already on the 60-day disabled list since the start of the season after breaking his left forearm in a car accident last March during spring training, although he is very much in the Dodgers’ 40-man roster.
Earlier this week, former Dodger and Miami Marlins All-Star Dee Gordon hit the news as well when he failed the PED test, wherein he tested positive for two banned substances in spring training, according to NBC Los Angeles.
Other players who tested positive this year include Philadelphia Phillies reliever Daniel Stumpf, Cleveland Indians center fielder Abraham Almonte, and Toronto Blue Jays slugger Chris Colabello. New York Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia has already received a lifetime suspension from the Major League Baseball after getting three strikes from the PED test.
The 28-year-old Ravin, however, defended himself, saying the culprit was a supplement for “a severe case of intestinal flu and strep throat,” as per CBC Sports.
“I was put on antibiotics and lost a total of 20 pounds in less than seven days,” Ravin said in his statement, as reported by The OC Register. “To try and speed up my recovery, I took some supplements that I thought would help.” He admitted, though, that he has been careless with the supplements he took.
After pitching in the minor leagues for 10 seasons, the Southern California native became the 2006 fifth-round draft pick, making his major league debut with the Cincinnati Reds, ESPN reported. Come June when he’s off from the DL, his $515,000 salary will be reduced to $225,137 while he serves the 80-game suspension.
“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. So I have decided to accept the suspension and continue my ultimate goal to be able to pitch again in the major leagues.”