MLB suspends Richard Rodriguez, Danny Santana and Jose Rondon in PED for 80 games

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The Major League Baseball announced drug suspensions on Monday afternoon for three free agents: right-handed Richard Rodriguez and infielders Danny Santana and Jose Rondon. All three players were banned from 80 games after testing positive for Boldenone, “an anabolic androgenic steroid and synthetic testosterone derivative originally developed for veterinary use but has since become one of the most common performance-enhancing drugs.” athletes test positive. for sports “, states the American anti-doping agency.

Rodriguez, 32, was split between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Atlanta Braves last season. In all, he amassed a 2.94 ERA (148 ERA +) and a 4.20 plot and walk coefficient. Unfortunately for Rodriguez, his performance fell in other ways after the exchange in Atlanta in the middle of the season. In 26 innings with possible World Series champions, he hit just 3.1 hitters out of nine. It is worth noting that, at least by chance, Rodriguez’s fall coincided with MLB’s breakup of the grip booster.

Santana, 31, spent last year at the Boston Red Juices. He appeared in 38 games, accumulating a .181 / .252 / .345 slash (57 OPS +) with five home runs and four stolen balls. Santana, a versatile defender, had limited success during his career in the major leagues, placing OPS + north of 100 on two occasions: in 2013, when he was a rookie, and then again in 2019, when he was an above-average player for the Texas Rangers .

Rondon, 28, was a member of St. Louis Cardinals 2021. He recorded 90 appearances in 63 games, scoring 0.263 / .322 / .413 (104 OPS +) with three home runs and two stolen bases. Rondon has previously played in games with the San Diego Padres, Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles.

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