According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Braves lefty Andrew McKirahan has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) April 20, 2015
McKirahan, 25, is the third major leaguer to receive a PED suspension so far this season. Twins starting pitcher Ervin Santana and Mets closer Jenrry Mejia are the other two. Braves minor league arm Arodys Vizcaino is also serving an 80-game ban for a positive test. Santana, Mejia, and Vizcaino were all said to have used the steroid Stanozolol.
According to MLB, McKirahan’s was using Ipamorelin, a peptide that produced growth hormone in the body.
A source said McKirahan apologized to his teammates yesterday and informed them he had used a cream during Spring Training. #Braves
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) April 20, 2015
Here is an official statement from McKirahan:
“I am extremely sorry for letting down the Atlanta Braves organization, my coaches, teammates and the Braves fans. I also sincerely apologize to my family, who has helped me reach this point in my career. This is in no way a reflection of my character or morals. I will work hard during my suspension and pray that everyone will find it in their hearts to forgive me. I hope to have the privilege and opportunity to return to the Atlanta Braves later this season, to earn back their trust and to do everything possible to contribute to the success of the organization.”