PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 27: Freddy Galvis #13 of the Philadelphia Phillies walks back to the dugout after being stranded on base in the seventh inning of the game against the Chicago Cubs at Citizens Bank Park on April 27, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Cubs won 5-1. (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)
Phillies second baseman Freddy Galvis was suspended for 50 games by MLB for testing positive for the performance-enhancing substance Clostebol.
The Philadelphia Phillies infield was dealt another blow on Tuesday when second baseman Freddy Galvis was suspended for 50 games by MLB for reportedly "testing positive for a metabolite of Clostebol" (via Jon Morosi's Twitter).
Galvis made a statement about the positive test:
"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." (via KGET)
The Phillies also released a statement saying:
"The Phillies continue to believe in and endorse Major League Baseball's drug policy. We also support Freddy Galvis in his determination to put this matter behind him and we look forward to his return as a productive member of the Phillies as soon as possible."
Galvis' suspension will begin immediately. Galvis is currently rehabbing a back injury (pars fracture of his L45 vertebra) and is in a back brace. He will be able to serve the suspension while on the disabled list.
Galvis is hitting .226 with three home runs, 24 RBI and seven walks in 58 games for the Phillies this season.
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