Steven Wright suspended 80 games for violating PED policy

March 06, 2019 - 4:33 pm

A thin Red Sox bullpen just got thinner.

MLB announced Wednesday afternoon that pitcher Steven Wright has been suspended 80 games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Wright reportedly tested positive for Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide 2 (GHRP-2).

Wright was suspended 15 games last season for violating the league's personal conduct policy in the wake of a domestic violence incident.

Wright made 20 appearances (including four starts) last season while battling a left knee injury and had a 2.68 ERA in 53 2/3 innings. He suffered a setback in the postseason and had another surgery on the knee after the season.

Wright was expected to have a prominent role in the Red Sox bullpen this season, assuming he was healthy. He'll be eligible to return in late June, but he will not be eligible to pitch in the postseason this year.

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