By: Gary Allen
(BOSTON)- The office of the commissioner of baseball announced Wednesday afternoon that Boston Red Sox Pitcher Steven Wright has been suspended 80 games without pay for testing positive for growth hormone releasing peptide 2 (GHRP-2), which is a banned substance and violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention Treatment Program. The 80 game suspension will commence at the beginning of the 2019 MLB season. Wright said in a statement “ I was notified by MLB that I failed a test under the joint drug prevention and treatment program during this past offseason. Although, I do not dispute the validity of the test, I was shocked, as I never intentionally ingested anything for performance-enhancing purposes. I have fully cooperated with MLB and will continue to try and identify the source of the result.” The Red Sox released a statement after the news was announced saying, “The Boston Red Sox fully support Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and and Treatment Program and its effort to eliminate Performance enhancing substances from the game. While we are disappointed by the news of the violation, we will look to provide the appropriate support to Steven at this time. Going forward, the club will not comment further on the matter."