PHILADELPHIA, PA: Freddy Galvis #13 of the Philadelphia Phillies reacts after being called out for running out of the baselines in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins in a MLB baseball game at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Marlins defeated the Phillies 5-4. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
Injured Phillies infielder Freddy Galvis is looking at a 50-game suspension after testing positive for a metabolite of Clostebol, which is an anabolic androgenic steroid.
Philadelphia Phillies infielder Freddy Galvis was already dealing with a back fracture that had left him out indefinitely. Initially called a lower back strain, the injury was discovered to be a fracture after further evaluation, and Galvis was set for weeks in a back brace. Freddy Galvis wishes that were the only problem he had in his life. Now he's got another one, and this one's both better and worse. Depending on your perspective.
MLB announcement: "Phillies IF Freddy Galvis has received a 50-game suspension after testing positive for a metabolite of Clostebol"— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) June 19, 2012
Clostebol is an anabolic androgenic steroid, and you're not allowed to have those in you if you play major-league baseball. So, knowingly or unknowingly, Galvis broke the rules, and now he's facing a suspension. On the plus side, Galvis can serve his suspension while on the disabled list, which is a bizarre and stupid loophole, but just because a PED suspension is over doesn't mean a PED suspension is forgotten.
Over 200 plate appearances on the season, Galvis has posted a 65 OPS+. Yes, I know, the jokes.