Starling Marte Reportedly Will Not Appeal 80-Game Suspension for PED Violation

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistApril 19, 2017

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 09:  Starling Marte #6 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in action against the Atlanta Braves at PNC Park on April 9, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
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Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte reportedly accepted his 80-game suspension from Major League Baseball without an appeal or explanation for his positive performance-enhancing-drug test.

T.J. Quinn of ESPN reported Wednesday the Pirates star offered "no defense" after being alerted of the MLB punishment this week.

USA Today noted Marte did release a public statement through the Major League Baseball Players' Association on Tuesday, but he did not offer any specifics:

I have been informed that I have tested positive in one of the tests that are regularly done in my job. In this very difficult moment I apologize to my family, the Pittsburgh Pirates, my teammates, my fans, and baseball in general. Neglect and lack of knowledge have led me to this mistake with the high price to pay of being away from the field that I enjoy and love so much. With much embarrassment and helplessness, I ask for forgiveness for unintentionally disrespecting so many people who have trusted in my work and have supported me so much. I promise to learn the lesson that this ordeal has left me. God bless you.

ESPN's Mark Saxon reported the outfielder tested positive for nandrolone, an anabolic steroid. He also confirmed Marte spoke with teammates about the suspension during a closed-door meeting Tuesday.

The Pirates are shifting Andrew McCutchen back to center field to fill the void.

Adam Frazier will get the first opportunity at an increase in playing time by taking over in right. Pittsburgh may opt to use a committee approach until a hot hand emerges, though.

Meanwhile, Marte will be eligible to return on July 18 against the NL Central rival Milwaukee Brewers. A second positive PED test would result in a full-season suspension.

 

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