Seattle 1B Choi banned 50 games for positive test
NEW YORK -- Seattle Mariners first baseman Ji-Man Choi has been suspended for 50 games following a positive test for a performance-enhancing substance.
The urine sample was collected from Choi before March 28, when Major League Baseball and the players' union increased the penalty for a first testing violation for PEDs to 80 games. MLB said Thursday that Choi tested positive for methandienone, a controlled substance popular with bodybuilders.
The 22-year-old Choi was hitting .394 at Triple-A Tacoma with one homer and five RBIs.
"I do not know what I could have taken that caused me to test positive," Choi said in a statement issued by the union. "However, I also understand that without an explanation I must serve a suspension and I accept that."
Seattle said it was "disappointed."
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