Paul Campbell, a Marlins rookie pitcher, has been suspended for 80 games due to drug use.

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The Major League Baseball suspended Miami Marlins right-hander Paul Campbell for 80 games on Monday after he tested positive for an anabolic steroid.

The ban, which included the use of the performance-enhancing drug dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, was effective immediately, according to the league.

Campbell, who was acquired as a Rule 5 pick from the Tampa Bay Rays in December, claimed that he never intentionally used the PED.

“Due to the fact that I do not know the origin of how this substance has entered into my system, I currently have no viable defense,” Campbell said in a statement through the MLB Players Association.

“I have unfortunately become one of the many athletes, across multiple sports, who are presenting themselves to the world and asking for members of the anti-doping world to help us find answers as to why this metabolite is continuing to show up in athletes’ bodies, and ultimately costing them significant detours in their careers.”

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Campbell, 25, also apologised for casting “negative light” on others who believe in him. He made his major league debut this season, going 0-2 with an 8.74 ERA in five games.

Campbell was making the MLB minimum of $570,500 this season and would miss about half of it due to the suspension.

 

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