Galvis Suspended 50 GamesBREAKING NEWS, News, Phillies Tuesday, June 19th, 2012
Phillies’ second baseman Freddy Galvis has been out of action for several weeks due to a fracture in his back, but the rookie made headlines late on Tuesday when word came down that he’s been hit with a 50-game suspension after failing a drug test.
Galvis tested positive for Clostebol, a performance enhancing drug. The 22-year old released a statement in which he denied any knowledge of taking a banned substance.
“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 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.”
Galvis will serve his suspension while on the disabled list, meaning he likely won’t miss any games he wouldn’t already have been available for, but he won’t receive any pay during his absence. The rookie hit .226 with 15 doubles in 58 games this season.
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