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Former All-Star Pitcher Suspended For 80 Games

Former All-Star pitcher Steve Delabar, a veteran of six major league seasons with Seattle, Toronto, and Cincinnati, has been suspended for 80 games.

Delabar tested positive for Ostarine (also known as MK-2866 or Ostabolic; a selective androgen receptor modulator) that is a drug used to treat osteoporosis and muscle wasting.

The 33-year-old right-hander, who is on the roster of Cleveland’s Triple-A team in Columbus, tested positive for the performance enhancing substance that is extremely popular with bodybuilders and athletes to build lean muscle mass.

In a statement released by his agent, Barry Meister, Delabar said this spring he received a positive test for a banned substance from a contaminated non-certified over-the-counter dietary supplement. Delabar also said the traces present were extremely low but he does understand the consequences of his irresponsible actions and take full responsibility to serve the suspension. The former All-Star pitcher said he apologizes to the Indians organization and all of those whom he had let down. Delabar also commented that he asks for forgiveness as he is going to put this thing behind him and move on.

Delabar went on to remark that he had been in the game for nearly 13 years and have never tried to gain a competitive edge through supplementation. The former All-Star pitcher also commented that he is hopeful that players around the league will not make the same mistake by thinking they are in the clear when it comes to non-certified supplements.

The 2013 All-Star is 15-9 with a 4.07 ERA in 190 relief appearances for the Mariners (2011-12), the Blue Jays (2012-15), and the Reds (2016). Delabar started in 2016 at Louisville, made seven appearances for Cincinnati in May, and then was sent back to Triple-A.

Delabar was an inspiring comeback story once out of baseball completely following a fractured pitching elbow in 2009. Delabar went on to found his way back into baseball after being completely out of the game. The 33-year-old right-hander had been taking classes and was a substitute teacher before a tryout with the Mariners in 2011 got him back in the Majors.

In another development, Seattle pitcher Jonathan Aro was suspended for 50 games after he was found guilty of an unspecified violation. In 2015, the 26-year-old righty made his major league with Boston and made appearances in six games before he was sent outright to Triple-A Tacoma before spring training. The right-handed reliever with the Mariners' Triple-A affiliate, the Tacoma Rainiers, appeared in one game for the Mariners in 2016 and six for the Red Sox in '15.

Free agent right-hander Jeffry Hernandez also received a suspension for 80 games after he tested positive for Stanozolol (Winstrol). The 24-year-old, who is currently a free agent, has never reached the majors. The suspension of Fernandez will become effectively immediately upon signing with a Major League organization.

This year, there have been 29 suspensions under the minor league drug program and two under the big league program: Pittsburgh All-Star outfielder Starling Marte and Philadelphia pitcher Elniery Garcia.

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