Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Chris Colabello has been suspended for 80 games after testing positive for a performance enhancing substance, dehydrochlormethyltestosterone.
Major League Baseball made the announcement Friday afternoon.
Colabello was claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays in December of 2014. He is batting just .069 this season. He hit .321 for the Jays last year with 15 home runs and 54 RBIs.
Manager John Gibbons told reporters he is disappointed and said Colabello is ‘beloved’ in the team’s clubhouse.
Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager, Ross Atkins called it an unfortunate situation.
“We believe in him as a person and player. We also fully endorse the Major League Baseball drug testing policy,” Atkins said in a statement.
Full Statement From Atkins
This is obviously an unfortunate situation that we are in with Chris. We believe in him as a person and player. We also fully endorse the Major League Baseball drug testing policy.
Chris has overcome a great deal in his career and has been a key contributor to this team. While we are certainly disappointed with today’s news, we’re confident he’ll return ready to compete and will have taken the steps needed to ensure that this does not happen again.
Statement from Colabello
On March 13, I got one of the scariest and most definitely the least expected phone calls of my entire life. I was informed by the Players Association that a banned substance was found in my urine. I have spent every waking moment since that day trying to find an answer as to why or how? The only thing I know is that I would never compromise the integrity of the game of baseball. I love this game too much! I care too deeply about it. I am saddened more for the impact this will have on my teammates, the organization and the fans of the Toronto Blue Jays. I hope that before anyone passes judgement on me they can take a look at the man that I am, and everything that I have done to get to where I am in my career.
Colabello will be eligible to return to the lineup on July 23, barring any rainouts.
Blue Jays 1B Chris Colabello suspended 80 games without pay after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.
— MLB (@MLB) April 22, 2016