Josh Ravin from Los Angeles Dodgers is receiving an 80-game suspension for the use of Performance-Enhancing Drugs (PED), becoming the sixth major league player suspended.
Ravin actually has been missing the entire 2016 season and been on the “disabled list” due to a broken left forearm on March in a car accident during the spring trainings in Arizona. He has appeared in about nine games for the Dodgers last season, posting a 6.75 earned-run average (ERA), obviously not the best average at all.
Ravin tested positive for the use of a growth hormone that releases Peptide 2, which serves to produce more growth hormone in the body, as well as stimulate appetite, according to the National Institutes of Health.
This information was also tweeted on the MLB official account.
Dodgers RHP Josh Ravin suspended 80 games without pay after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, effective immediately.
— MLB (@MLB) May 2, 2016
Josh Ravin performance
Ravin has only pitched about 9.1 innings in the majors, making his debut back in 2015. With a 25.5 strikeout rate, Ravin has allowed three home runs. Also, with a 6.75 ERA and a 6.35 Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) that is barely better. Ravin was unclear whether he would have made the major league roster after getting an invitation to spring training.
During the spring training, he broke his non-pitching arm – Josh’s a right pitcher. He was earning $515,000 before his suspension. Ravin was also ticketed for Class AAA before suffering his injury this spring. Ravin was expected to return from his injury sometime in May but now won’t be available until after the All-Star break.
Suspensions over the Steroid Era
Josh Ravin suspension comes on the heels of 80-game bans for National League batting champion Dee Gordon and Toronto Blue Jays slugger Chris Colabello. On this suspension list, we got Cleveland center fielder Abraham Almonte along with Philadelphia reliever Daniel Stumpf were both hit with 80-game suspensions before that. Also, New York Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia received a lifetime ban in February for a third positive test.
Source: Sports Illustrated