Jays first-rounder Marcus Stroman suspended 50 games for using a PED
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) August 28, 2012
According to, well… everybody, Blue Jays first round pick Marcus Stroman has been suspended 50 games for PED use, specifically the drug Methylhexaneamine, which is a stimulant.
More on this as it develops / Stoeten comes back from the washroom.
Stoeten here. Shit, this is some news huh? At least Jose Bautista is OK though, right? (Nope: having wrist surgery, will be ready for Spring Training, making those days when Greg Brady was worth listening to seem like long memories deep in the mists of time. But… those wrist surgeries, they always work out OK, right? RIGHT????)
Parkes has more on Jose at Getting Blanked.
Annnnnd, so yeah. Here’s what I’m seeing in a quick search about Methlyhexaneamine:
Three minor leaguers were suspended for it less than two weeks ago, about which MiLB.com explained “Methylhexaneamine is a substance originally intended to be used as a nasal decongestant but is banned by Major League Baseball. It’s believed to increase focus and energy. Side effects include nausea and stroke. The drug has been linked to some Minor Leaguers over the past two years since it’s an ingredient in the pre-workout supplement Jack3d.”
Now, I can’t conceivably picture where Marcus Stroman might have got the idea to take supplements from *COUGH*, but perhaps this is merely an instance of a player unwittingly taking something he shouldn’t. Indeed, that’s what he said in a statement to the media, as relayed by a tweet from Gregor Chisholm of BlueJays.com.
Believing such notions whole hog, however, give Stroman a huuuuge full-on Jack3d up benefit of the doubt– which I feel I can do, personally, because I don’t play the ridiculous moral grandstanding game when it comes to whichever performance enhancing drugs we choose to put in the bad pile (you know, as opposed to getting cortisone shots, dimed on Red Bulls, or whatever other things are literally performance enhancing drugs we’ve decided are OK).
Those of you who like to lose your shit when it’s one of the other teams’ guys, though? On this I expect consistency.
Remember when we thought he might help the bullpen during the stretch drive? Ugh.
2012, you guys!