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Free agent pitcher Carlos Martinez suspended 80 games for PED test

Jul 4, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Carlos Martinez (18) delivers a pitch in the second inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Major League Baseball suspended veteran right-handed pitcher Carlos Martinez 80 games on Friday for violating the joint drug prevention and treatment program.

Martinez, who played his entire nine-year MLB career with the St. Louis Cardinals, is a free agent. He tested positive for Ibutamoren, a banned performance-enhancing substance.

The two-time All-Star missed the second half of the 2021 season with a torn thumb ligament. The Cardinals chose to decline his option, and he signed a minor-league deal with the San Francisco Giants in March.

Martinez did not make the Giants’ big-league club and was reportedly granted his release April 28. He signed a minor-league deal with the Boston Red Sox earlier this month but was cut after making two starts for Triple-A Worcester, in which he went 0-2 with a 20.77 ERA.

In 274 career games (139 starts) with the Cardinals, Martinez went 62-52 with a 3.74 ERA and 927 strikeouts. The 30-year-old was an All-Star selection in 2015 and 2017.

The 80-game suspension without pay is the collectively bargained penalty for a player’s first positive test. A second test would incur a 162-game ban and a third test would mean a lifetime ban.

–Field Level Media