Class Indian launcher suspended for using illegal steroids

LOS ANGELES: MLB slapped Emmanuel Class with an 80-game ban on Friday, causing the Cleveland Indians The second pitcher from the Dominican Republic will be suspended for using illegal steroids in the past six weeks.

Right-handed pitcher violated MLB's drug prevention and treatment program by testing positive for what's banned anabolic steroid Boldenone, MLB said in a press release.

In February, the Houston Astros pitcher Francis Tuesday , from the Dominican Republic, received a 162-game ban after testing positive for Boldenone.

Boldenone is sold under the brand names Parenabol and Equipoise and is mainly used as a veterinary medicine, including illegally in race horses.

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The league said Class, 22, was suspended without pay, but did not say where or how the steroids were obtained by Class.

The Indians said in a press release that they do not plan to appeal the decision and that he is free to join the team once his suspension ends.

"We were disappointed to learn of today's suspension of Emmanuel Class for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. We fully support Major League Baseball's policy... we will welcome him back after the discipline has been served."

Indians purchased Class in the December 2019 exchange that sent the two-time Cy Young award winner Corey Kluber to the Texas Rangers.

Class is just the latest on a list of decades-long MLB players who have been suspended for being drug cheats.

New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez missed the entire 2014 season for using performance-enhancing drugs, former league MVP Miguel Tejada was suspended 105 games in 2013 for drug use and Manny Ramirez received a 100-game ban in 2011 for failing a drug test.

In 2016, Dominican player Jenrry Mejía was suspended for life after he tested positive for Boldenone. Mejia's lifetime ban came because it was her third suspension.