Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 5:32pm
Phils' Galvis suspended by MLB
Updated Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 5:43pm
Phillies second baseman Freddy Galvis has been suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for a banned substance.
The rookie has been on the disabled list after suffering a pars fracture in his back last month. He was hitting .226 with 3 home runs and 24 RBI before the injury.
Galvis released a statement Tuesday afternoon following the news.
"A trace amount of a banned substance - 80 parts in a trillion - was detected in my urine sample. I am extremely disappointed in what has transpired. I cannot understand how even this tiny particle of a banned substance got into my body. I have not and never would knowingly use anything illegal to enhance my performance. I have always tried to follow the team's strength and conditioning methods, listen to the trainers, work out hard and eat right. Unfortunately, the rules are the rules and I will be suspended.
"I'd like to apologize to my all my fans, especially here in Philadelphia and back home in Venezuela, to my teammates and to the Phillies organization. I am looking forward to putting this behind me, rehabilitating my back and returning to the Phillies as soon as possible to try to help them win another World Series."
The team responded in a statement supporting Galvis.
"The Phillies continue to believe in and endorse Major League Baseball's drug policy. We also support Freddy Galvis in his determination to put this matter behind him and we look forward to his return as a productive member of the Phillies as soon as possible."
The league says the substance was a metabolite of Clostebol, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
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