Cleveland Indians Outfielder Marlon Byrd has been suspended by Major League Baseball for 152 days for a positive test result for the growth hormone secretagogue Ipamorelin.
Byrd accepted the ruling and said he would not look to challenge the decision.
“When I learned that I had tested positive for Ipamorelin, I retained the services of private counsel and an independent chemist to determine the origin of the Ipamorelin test result because I never knowingly ingested Ipamorelin. After an extensive investigation by my lawyers and an independent chemist, it was concluded that the most likely source of Ipamorelin was a tainted supplement.
“I alone am responsible for what I put in my body, and therefore, I have decided for forgo my right to an appeal in this matter and accept the suspension. I apologize for any harm this has caused the Cleveland Indians, Indians’ fans, my teammates, and most importantly, my family.”
The Indians continue their four game home stand against the Kansas City Royals tonight. Last night, Mike Napoli put up a sacrifice fly ball himself to get Francisco Lindor across the plate in a walk off game ender, the teams’ second straight.
“It’s always fun,” Lindor said. “It’s always good to have moments like this, so we can continue to believe in ourselves. We can continue to push and we can continue to motivate each other, push each other and know that the game’s not over until the 27th out.”
Game two kicks off at 6:10 and will feature Edinson Volquez going up against the Roayls Danny Salazar. Tickets for all games are still available so be sure to get yours today and help cheer on your Cleveland Indians.