Ervin Santana suspended 80 games for steroids, will lose over $6 million
Ervin Santana was suspended 80 games after testing positive for steroids, MLB announced Friday.
Santana signed a four-year, $55 million deal with the Minnesota Twins over the offseason and was supposed to anchor the team’s pitching staff. Coming off a season where he posted a 3.91 ERA last season with the Braves, Santana may have been looking for an extra edge entering the season and decided to get on the juice. He tested positive for stanozolol, which is an old school steroid. David Rollins and Arodys Vizcaino also tested positive for it this week, coincidentally.
Santana was set to earn $13.5 million this season, so missing 80 games means he will forfeit around $6.75 million.
The Twins recalled Aaron Thompson to take Santana’s spot on the roster.
Santana released a statement regarding his suspension:
Ervin Santana releases a statement on his 80-game suspension pic.twitter.com/G9AiOoGTHK
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