The Houston Astros can’t seem to evade controversy at the moment.
Major League Baseball just announced that Astros pitcher Francis Martes has been suspended for the entire 2020 regular season. Martes, 24, has received a 162-game suspension.
Martes, a Dominican Republic native, has been suspended for testing positive for Boldenone, a performance-enhancing substance. This is Martes’ second performance-enhancing suspension.
Major League Baseball announced the suspension on Monday evening. The news comes a couple of days after the Astros held a press conference to “apologize” for their sign-stealing cheating during the 2017 season.
Astros pitcher Francis Martes has received a 162-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Boldenone, a performance-enhancing substance. Martes, who was suspended for a PED violation last March, will begin his suspension at the start of the 2020 regular season.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) February 17, 2020
Martes was one the Astros’ 40-man roster. He has a 5-2 career record with a 5.80 ERA and 69 career strikeouts.
Francis Martes was on the 40-man roster, which means the Astros now have an opening.
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) February 17, 2020
None of Houston’s players were punished for their role in the sign-stealing scheme, but the Astros’ pitching depth has now taken a hit.
Houston begins the regular season on March 26 vs. the Angels.