Mariners' utility player Tim Beckham has been suspended by Major League Baseball for 80 games without pay after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance enhancing drug, in violation of MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
The suspension is effective immediately, ending Beckham's season with the Mariners, as they only have 48 games left this season.
He follows in the footsteps of former Mariner Robinson Cano, who received an 80 game suspension in May 2018 after testing for furosemide, which is often used to mask banned substances in urine tests.
Beckham denied taking the substance and released the following statement:
The Mariners released the following statement:
"The Seattle Mariners are disappointed that Tim Beckham has violated the terms of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Our organization fully supports the Program and its efforts to eliminate performance-enhancing substances from our game. Per the Basic Agreement, the Mariners will have no further comment."