We have more surprising news coming out from Dodger Stadium regarding a player testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. This time it is a current Dodger that is being punished for using performance enhancing substances. Dodger’s reliever Josh Ravin has been suspended for 80 games for reportedly violating the MLB drug policy. This is according to reports from Jeff Passan.
Sources: Dodgers RP Josh Ravin suspended 80 games for PED use. Sixth major leaguer this year. News at Yahoo Sports: https://t.co/PtRYTNBtTj
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 2, 2016
This comes just days after the shocking news that former Dodger and Now Marlin’s second baseman Dee Gordon was suspended for using PEDs. What makes this so strange is that Ravin was on the disabled list after breaking his arm in a car accident during spring training. The Dodgers had placed Ravin on the 60-day disabled list. Ravin is claiming that he took a supplement after getting strep throat during spring training.
The Dodgers released a statement regarding the suspension:
“We are disappointed to hear that Josh has violated Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The Dodgers fully support MLB’s policy toward eliminating performance enhancing substances from the sport and, as per the Joint Drug Program, we will have no further comment on this suspension.”
#Dodgers Josh Ravin releases statement thru players union. Says he took a supplement after bad case of flu/strep throat this spring
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) May 2, 2016
The Dodgers acquired Ravin as a free agent in 2013 and he made his MLB debut for the club last season. He pitched out of the bullpen and has always been known for a blazing fastball. In 2015 he pitched in nine games for the Dodgers posting a 2-1 record, and a 6.75 ERA. Ravin struck out 12 batters and walked 4 across 9.1 innings of relief.
The 28-year old right hander is originally from Chatsworth, California. He was drafted by the Reds in the fifth round of the 2006 amateur draft. He has a 20-48 record with a 5.48 ERA and struck out 8.4 per nine during ten minor league seasons.