Ervin Santana suspended 80 games for PEDs

Right-handed pitcher Ervin Santana of the Minnesota Twins has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for Stanozolol, a steroid.

Santana, 32, signed a four-year, $55 million deal with Minnesota this past offseason. In 1882.2 career innings pitched, he has posted a 4.17 ERA, 4.26 FIP with a 22.5 fWAR. In 2014 he posted a 3.95 ERA, 3.39 FIP, 3.1 fWAR with the Braves.

The Twins statement on Santana’s suspension per Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press:

“We were disappointed to learn of the suspension of Ervin Santana for violating Major League Baseball’s Anti-Drug Program. We fully support MLB’s policy and its efforts to eliminate performance enhancing substances from our game.”

Mike Pelfrey will be moved into the rotation and Aaron Thompson has been recalled from Triple-A.

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