The LOS ANGELES TIMES reports that Manny Ramirez will be suspended for 50 games for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.
The suspension is expected to start with tonight’s game against the Nationals, and Manny won’t be eligible to return to the Dodgers’ lineup until July 3.
The test results & suspension are expected to be officially announced later today. If the suspension does happen, Manny will lose about $7.7 million in salary - a pretty costly price for popping some pills.
But he already has an alibi lined up:
Ramirez is expected to attribute the test results to medication received from a doctor for a personal medical issue, according to a source familiar with matter but not authorized to speak publicly.
Maybe Manny was suffering from a little high blood pressure after spotting Kim Kardashian on the Dodgers’ mound in those tight white pants.
Even though the news will have L.A. baseball fans bummed out, one person seems to be benefiting - Xavier Paul, who’s getting the call-up from Triple-A to fill Manny’s soon-to-be vacant spot in the outfield.
Still, the failed drug test by such a big superstar as Ramirez is a big shock. My God - does this mean that Jose Canseco was right again?
*UPDATE*: YAHOO! SPORTS reports that Manny tested positive for an enhancer, all right - a sexual enhancer!
*UPDATE #2*: Manny released this statement through the players’ union:
“Recently, I saw a physician for a personal health issue. He gave me a medication, not a steroid, which he thought was OK to give me.
“Unfortunately, the medication was banned under our drug policy. Under the policy that mistake is now my responsibility. I have been advised not to say anything more for now. I do want to say one other thing; I’ve taken and passed about 15 drug tests over the past five seasons.
“I want to apologize to Mr. McCourt, Mrs. McCourt, Mr. Torre, my teammates, the Dodger organization, and to the Dodger fans. LA is a special place to me, and I know everybody is disappointed. So am I. I’m sorry about this whole situation.”