In shocking news announced Thursday morning, Major League Baseball has suspended Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez 50 games for violating its drug policy.
In a statement that was released by MLB, Ramirez attributed the positive test result to a medication prescribed to him by his doctor.
“Recently I saw a physician for a personal health issue. He gave me a medication, not a steroid, which he thought was OK to give me,” Ramirez said. “Unfortunately, the medication was banned under our drug policy. Under the policy that mistake is now my responsibility. I have been advised not to say anything more for now.”
Apparently after consulting with the player’s union, Ramirez has chosen not to appeal the suspension and will begin serving it tonight. As long as the Dodgers have no rain-out games, he will not be eligible to return to the lineup until July 3. This will cause Ramirez to forfeit nearly a third of his $25 Million salary.
Ramirez is hitting .348 with 6 HR and 20 RBI and has lead the Dodgers to a league-best 21-8, including a record setting 13-0 record at home this season. The Dodgers plan to call up Xavier Paul from Triple-A to replace Ramirez on the roster.
Maybe this will finally take some of the pressure off of Alex Rodriguez.