Major League Baseball announced Tuesday that Seattle Mariners infielder Tim Beckham has been suspended 80 games as part of baseball’s joint drug agreement after testing positive for stanozolol, a banned performance enhancer. Beckham’s suspension is effective immediately and ends his season.
In a statement released through the players’ association, Beckham says he took a product from a “trusted source, who had advised it was safe to take. Regrettably, the product was tainted.” He added: “I accept full responsibility for putting myself in this situation."
In his first season in Seattle, Beckham was hitting .237 with 15 home runs and 47 RBIs in 88 games this season. Beckham was a starter at the beginning of the year but had moved into a utility role over the past couple of months, playing all four infield positions and in left field.
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