Thursday, April 14, 2016

Phillies pitcher Daniel Stumpf suspended for PED use

Reliever Daniel Stumpf has been dealt an 80-game suspension for testing positive for PEDs.
Phillies left handed relief pitcher Daniel Stumpf has been suspended 80-games after testing positive for the performance-enhancing substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone.

Stumpf, 25, is in his rookie season and was a Rule 5 pick, meaning the Phillies had to keep him on the major-league roster for the duration of the season to retain his rights.

The team issued a one-line statement reading: "The Phillies support Major League Baseball's Joint Prevention and Treatment Program and are disappointed to hear today's news of Daniel's violation."

Stumpf surrendered a grand slam during the Phillies opening series in Cincinnati and has tossed just two-thirds of an inning over three appearances.

Because of the suspension, the Phillies placed Stumpf on the restricted list and recalled lefty reliever Elvis Araujo from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Araujo, 24, had a 3.38 ERA with 34 strikeouts in 34⅔ innings for the Phillies last season.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
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