Former All-Star pitcher Carlos Martínez gets 80-game ban for positive drug test

NEW YORK — Former All-Star pitcher Carlos Martínez was suspended for 80 games Friday under baseball's minor league drug program following a positive test for the performance-enhancing substance Ibutamoren, which increases Human Growth Hormone.

The contract was signed by the 30-year-old right-hander in the minor leagues San Francisco He was released on March 19. He was released and signed an agreement with the minor leagues. Boston Red Sox On May 7.

Martínez made a pair of starts for Triple-A Worcester, at Toledo on May 8 and against Rochester on May 14, going 0-2 with a 20.77 ERA in 4 1/3 innings. On May 17, he was released.

Martínez pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals From 2013-21, he went 62-52 with a 3.74 ERA and 139 starts. He also made 135 relief appearances. He was an All-Star in 2015 and 2017, and Martínez made five relief appearances in the 2013 World Series loss to the Red Sox.

Last season, he was 4-9 and had a 6.23 ERA in 16 games for the Cardinals.

Martínez is the 23rd player suspended this year under the minor league drug program. His suspension will begin when he signs for a major league team.

Six major league drug program players were suspended this season: J.C. Mejia, Milwaukee pitcher, and Pedro Severino, Brewers catcher, for 80 games each; Matt Harvey, Baltimore pitcher for 60 games; and first baseman/free agent outfielder, Matt Harvey. Danny Santana, pitcher Richard Rodríguez and infielder José Rondón for 80 games apiece.

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