MLB Suspends Dodgers P Josh Ravin for PED Violation

Josh Ravin of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the ninth inning during a game against the Texas Rangers on June 16, 2015 in Arlington, Texas

Major League Baseball suspended Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Josh Ravin for 80 games for violating the league’s drug policy.

The Southern California native, 2-1 last season, remained sidelined before the suspension because of a car accident during spring training that resulted in a broken arm. Ravin blamed the positive drug test on a supplement.

“During 2016 spring training, I came down with a severe case of intestinal flu and strep throat,” Ravin claims. “I was put on antibiotics and lost a total of 20 pounds in less than seven days. To try and speed up my recovery, I took some supplements that I thought would help. Unfortunately, I was not as careful as I should have been and one of the supplements contained a banned substance.”

The suspension follows similar ones meted out to Blue Jay Chris Colabello and Marlin Dee Gordon, who also deny knowingly taking a banned substance.

“We are disappointed to hear that Josh has violated Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program,” the Dodgers maintained in a statement. “The Dodgers fully support MLB’s policy toward eliminating performance enhancing substances from the sport and, as per the Joint Drug Program, we will have no further comment on this suspension.”