Milwaukee wide receiver Pedro Severino was suspended for 80 games on Tuesday following a positive doping test, the fourth major league player penalized in two days.
Severino tested positive for the performance-enhancing substance Clomiphene, the commissioner’s office said. The drug is used to induce ovulation.
Severino will lose around half of his $1.9 million salary. He apologized to the Brewers, his teammates and the fans.
“Since late 2020, my wife and I have been trying to start a family without success,” Severino said in a statement released by the players’ association. “When we came back to the Dominican Republic after the 2021 season, we asked for medical assistance to find out why we had not succeeded. One of the doctors I consulted prescribed me a medicine to treat the problems of infertility. Unfortunately, I now know that the drug contained clomiphene. I accept responsibility for this error and have decided not to challenge my suspension.”
A seven-year major league veteran, the 28-year-old is in his first season with the Brewers after playing for Washington and Baltimore. He hit .248 with 11 homers and 46 RBIs last season for the Orioles, leaving him with a career average of .235 with 33 homers and 133 RBIs.
“I’ve been tested over 100 times in my career and never had a problem,” Severino said.
Severino hit .435 with two home runs and nine RBIs in eight spring training games. He was expected to serve as the primary backup to 2021 All-Star Omar Narváez, filling a void that was created when the Atlanta Braves signed Manny Piña away from Milwaukee.
Mario Feliciano and Brett Sullivan are other receivers on the Brewers 40-man roster. Feliciano has one game experience in MLB and Sullivan has never played in the majors.
Three free agents were suspended Monday following positive tests for Boldenone: outfielder/first baseman Danny Santana, pitcher Richard Rodríguez and infielder José Rondón. These were the first suspensions since the major league drug testing program resumed on March 11 after a 99-day suspension during the lockdown.
All of the positive tests resulted from urine samples taken before the lockdown began on Dec. 2, but MLB concluded it could not announce discipline during the lockdown, a person familiar with told The Associated Press. with the test program, speaking on condition of anonymity because this detail was unannounced.