Freddy Galvis the Philadelphia Phillies rookie second baseman has been suspended 50 games for testing positive for a metabolite of Clostebol, a performance-enhancing substance, a violation of MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Galvis’ suspension began on Tuesday however, Galvis was placed on the disabled list with a fracture in his back that will likely keep him out beyond the 50 games anyway. See Video
Galvis maintains his innocence and issued the following statement, “A trace amount of a banned substance — 80 parts in a trillion — was detected in my urine sample,” Galvis said. “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 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.”
Galvis was hitting only .226 with 15 doubles, one triple, three home runs, 24 RBIs and a .617 on-base plus slugging percentage in 58 games before he went on the DL on June 6.