Ramirez suspended after positive test for banned substance

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Manny Ramirez is the latest high-profile baseball player ensnared in the sport's drug scandals. The Los Angeles Dodgers slugger has been suspended for 50 games by Major League Baseball.

Ramirez says he was prescribed medication by a doctor that contained a banned substance but insists he did not take steroids.

The commissioner's office didn't announce the specific violation by the 36-year-old outfielder, who apologized to the Dodgers and fans for "this whole situation."

A person familiar with the details of the suspension says Ramirez used a substance known as HCG. It's prescribed to stimulate fertility in women and testosterone production in men and to treat delayed puberty in boys.

Ramirez' suspension began today and barring any postponements he'll be able to return to the Dodgers for their July 3 game at San Diego. He'll lose about $7.65 million of his $25 million salary.

Ramirez is the third player suspended this year under the major league program, following Philadelphia reliever J.C. Romero and Yankees pitcher Sergio Mitre.

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