Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Josh Ravin was suspended 80 games on Monday for using a banned substance, sources told Yahoo Sports, and is the sixth major leaguer to face discipline for performance-enhancing drugs this season.
Ravin, who is on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster but has spent the year on the disabled list after breaking his non-throwing left arm in a car accident during spring training, tested positive for a banned peptide, according to sources.
His suspension comes on the heels of 80-game bans for National League batting champion Dee Gordon and Toronto Blue Jays slugger Chris Colabello. Cleveland center fielder Abraham Almonte and Philadelphia reliever Daniel Stumpf were hit with 80-game suspensions before that, and New York Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia received a lifetime ban in February for a third positive test.
Ravin, 28, debuted with the Dodgers last season after a decade in the minor leagues. In 9 1/3 innings, he posted a 6.75 ERA and struck out 12. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Ravin touched 99 mph with his fastball last season and was considered a potential piece of the Dodgers’ bullpen, which has struggled with consistency this year. Ravin was expected to return from his injury sometime in May but now won’t be available until after the All-Star break.