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|Posted: Fri Apr 29th, 2016 04:28 pm||
|Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon has been suspended 80 games without pay after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, Major League Baseball announced early Friday morning.
Gordon tested positive for testosterone and clostebol, Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan tweeted, citing the league. The suspension is effective immediately.
The 28-year-old is the reigning National League batting champion. He hit .333/.359/.418 last year in his first campaign with the Marlins, establishing career highs with four home runs and 46 RBIs. He was an All-Star, stealing an MLB-best 58 bases.
Gordon entered play Thursday hitting .267/.283/.344 in 20 games, with five RBIs, no home runs, and six stolen bases in eight attempts. He signed a five-year, $50-million extension in January. The speedster has hit only eight home runs in his six-year big-league career.
Dee Gordon signed a five-year, $50M extension this offseason. He'll lose about $1.63M to his suspension. If he stays clean, rest guaranteed.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 29, 2016
An 80-game ban means Gordon will be eligible to return to Miami's lineup around mid-to-late July. The Marlins are 10-11 after a win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night.