The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Oakland Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon has received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Testosterone, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of Major League Baseballâ€™s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
The suspension of Colon is effective immediately.
Colon did not try to make excuses for the positive test through a statement released through the MLB Players Association
â€śI apologize to the fans, to my teammates and to the Oakland A's.Â I accept responsibility for my actions and I will serve my suspension as required by the Joint Drug Program,â€ť Colon said.
Since last year, three Major League players have tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone. Colon, along with the Giantsâ€™ Melky Cabrera and NL MVP Ryan Braun. Braunâ€™s suspension was overturned when an independent arbiter ruled that the chain of custody was broke with his test sample.
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