Pirates’ Pitcher Nik Turley Suspended 80 Games For PED Use

John Autey, Associated Press

Pittsburgh Pirates left-handed reliever Nik Turley has been suspended for the first 80 games of the 2018 season without pay for violating MLB’s joint drug prevention and treatment program.

Turley, 28, tested positive for Ipamorelin, a performance enhancing drug that stimulates the release of growth hormone; news of his suspension broke on Saturday.

Pittsburgh acquired Turley off waivers from the Minnesota Twins back in November. 2017 was Turley’s first season in the majors, as he posted an 11.21 ERA in 17 2/3 innings for Minnesota (10 games, three starts).

Turley is the second Pirates pitcher to be suspended for PEDs this month, joining triple-A right-hander Montana DuRapau who received a 50-game ban following a second positive test.

A former 2008 draft pick, Turley was selected third-to-last that year (50th round) by the New York Yankees.


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