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MLB suspends former Duke pitcher Stroman 50 games

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Former Duke pitcher Marcus Stroman was suspended 50 games for violating Major League Baseball’s Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program by testing positive for a banned substance, the Toronto Blue Jays announced Tuesday.

Stroman tested positive for Methylhexaneamine while playing for the minor league Vancouver Canadians, the team said.

Stroman became the first Blue Devils player to be taken in the first round of the MLB draft when the Toronto Blue Jays picked him with the 22nd overall pick in June.

He finished his junior season with a 2.39 ERA while striking out the second-highest number of batters in the NCAA (136).

Stroman issued a statement on Tuesday:

“Despite taking precautions to avoid violating the Minor League testing program, I unknowingly ingested a banned stimulant that was in an over-the-counter supplement.  Nonetheless, I accept full responsibility and I want to apologize to the Toronto Blue Jays organization, my family, my teammates, and the Blue Jays fans everywhere.   I look forward to putting this behind me and rejoining my teammates.”

Toronto Blue Jays,  Sr. Vice President Baseball Operations and General Manager, Alex Anthopoulos also commented on the news,

“This suspension is unfortunate and we are disappointed by this development.  The Toronto Blue Jays however fully endorse the Major League Baseball’s drug testing policy and support the discipline taken today.”

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