Ervin Santana : Twins RHP banned 80 games for positive drug test

Ervin Santana : Twins RHP banned 80 games for positive drug test

The Minnesota Twins’ Ervin Santana will be suspended for 80 games, without pay, the MLB announced Friday.

Santana, a free agent, signed a four-year, $55 million contract in 2014 to join the Twins’ starting rotation. He has played 10 Major League seasons and played with Atlanta in 2014. He has a 119-100 career record.

The Twins said in a statement they are “disappointed to learn of the suspension.”

The Twins will have to juggle their starting rotation. Mike Pelfrey, a former starter who was assigned to the bullpen to start the 2015 season, is the rotation replacement. Left-handed pitcher Aaron Thompson takes Santana’s roster spot and will be in the bullpen.

Santana tested positive for Stanozolol, a steroid. MLB rules call for an 80-game suspension on the first violation. He is also ineligible for the postseason, if the Twins happen to make it.

Santana issued a statement Friday afternoon:

“My deepest apologies to my family, fans, colleagues, teammates and my current employer the Minnesota Twins. I am very disappointed that I tested positive for a performance enhancing drug. I am frustrated that I can’t pinpoint how the substance in question entered my body. I would never knowingly take anything illegal to enhance my performance.”