Freddy Galvis suspended 50 games for PEDs

And the hits keep coming …

Phillies second baseman Freddy Galvis has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug, according to the team.

Galvis, who is batting .226 with 3 home runs and 24 RBIs, was placed on the 15-day DL with a lower back strain on June 7. The injury was later diagnosed as a fractured vertebra. It was doubtful that the rookie would return at all this season. Galvis is not expected to appeal and he released the following statement:

“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.”

More from our Sister Sites