Washington Nationals minor-league catcher Tres Barrera has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for the illegal substance Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (DHCMT), MLB announced in a statement.
"The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Washington Nationals catcher Tres Barrera has received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (DHCMT), a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program," the statement said.
Barrera, a sixth-round pick by Washington in the 2016 MLB Draft, claimed in a statement released by the MLBPA that he never willingly used a banned substance.
The Major League Baseball Players Association today released the following statement on behalf of Tres Barrera: pic.twitter.com/RRv6UhTg9x— MLBPA Communications (@MLBPA_News) July 25, 2020
"I apologize to the Nationals' organization. my teammates, fans and family for the negative attention this has brought. I will continue to work to find answers to the many questions that remain surrounding this drug to clear my name, but most importantly to prevent this from happening to anyone else," the statement said. "I look forward to returning to baseball and contributing to the team alongside my brothers."
Since being drafted by the Nationals out of the University of Texas in 2016, Barrera has steadily climbed the ranks of the minors, most recently playing for Double-A Harrisburg during the 2019 season. He also made his MLB debut in 2019, having two at-bats in September games. He did not record a hit.
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