Red Sox P Wright suspended 80 games for PED violation

Boston Red Sox right-hander Steven Wright has been suspended 80 games without pay after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, Major League Baseball announced Wednesday.

Wright tested positive for Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide 2 (GHRP-2), according to the league, a violation of MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The suspension starts with the beginning of the 2019 regular season.

"The Boston Red Sox fully support Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program and its efforts to eliminate performance-enhancing substances from the game," the team wrote in a statement. "While we are disappointed by the news of this violation, we will look to provide the appropriate support to Steven at this time. Going forward, the club will not comment further on the matter."

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Wright, 34, was likely to fill a role for the Red Sox this season as a multi-inning reliever. The knuckleballer appeared in 20 games last season with four starts, and a 3-1 record and a 2.68 ERA in 53 2/3 innings.

He missed the start of last season after he accepted a 15-game suspension from MLB for violating the league's domestic violence policy.

He did not appear for the Red Sox during their postseason run to the World Series title, as he was replaced on the roster after Game 1 of the American League Division Series because of inflammation and a loose body in his left knee, which was surgically repaired in May 2017.

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BOSTON, MA - APRIL 29: Steven Wright #35 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Fenway Park on April 29, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON - MAY 4: Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright wears a knee brace as he talks to reporters in the dugout before the game at Fenway Park in Boston on May 04, 2017. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 17: Steven Wright #65 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Houston Astros during the game at Fenway Park on August 17, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
FT. MYERS, FL - FEBRUARY 28: Steven Wright #65 of the Boston Red So signs autographs for fans during an open house at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida on February 28, 2015. (Photo by Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JUNE 4: Steven Wright #35 of the Boston Red Sox pitches during the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts on June 4, 2015. (Photo by Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JUNE 4: Steven Wright #35 of the Boston Red Sox pitches during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins on June 4, 2015 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 05: Steven Wright #35 of the Boston Red Sox reacts as New York Yankees Carlos Beltran's hit flies out of the park in the seventh inning on August 5, 2015 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 17: Steven Wright #35 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning on April 17, 2016 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts . (Photo by Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON - MAY 25: Red Sox starting pitcher Steven Wright flinches a bit as a piece of a broken bat sails in his direction in the top of the second inning. The Rockies' Cristhian Adames shattered his bat as he grounded out to second. The Boston Red Sox hosted the Colorado Rockies in an interleague MLB baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, May 25, 2016. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 30: Starting pitcher Steven Wright #35 of the Boston Red Sox is dunked by teammates after defeating the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 30, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JUNE 04: Steven Wright #35 of the Boston Red Sox looks on from the dugout in the second inning during the game against the Tornoto Blue Jays at Fenway Park on June 4, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JULY 1: Steven Wright #35 of the Boston Red Sox delivers during the first inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on July1, 2016 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JULY 06: Steven Wright #35 of the Boston Red Sox delivers in the first inning during the game against the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park on July 6, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JULY 01: Steven Wright #35 of the Boston Red Sox looks on from the dugout after being pulled from the game in the sixth inning after giving up a grand slam in the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Fenway Park on July 1, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
BOSTON - JULY 6: Red Sox starting pitcher Steven Wright had his bubble burst by the Rangers as they roughed him up for two runs in the top of the sixth inning, and when he had given up a few more in the top of the seventh, he is pictured, along with shortstop Xander Bogaerts, as they wait for manager John Farrell to reach the mound as he removes him from the game. The Boston Red Sox hosted the Texas Rangers in regular season MLB baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, July 6, 2016. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JULY 24: Steven Wright #35 and David Price #24 of the Boston Red Sox celebrate a victory against the Minnesota Twins on July 24, 2016 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 10: Steven Wright #35 of the Boston Red Sox responds to a question before a game against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on August 10, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. Wright will miss his scheduled start on Thursday due to an injury. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 31: Steven Wright #35 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning on August 31, 2016 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 12: Steven Wright #35 of the Boston Red Sox reacts during the first inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles April 12, 2017 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
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Wright has appeared in 75 games for Boston over the past six seasons, earning All-Star status in 2016, when he finished 13-6 with a 3.33 ERA in 24 starts.

Wright has a career mark of 24-15 with a 3.77 ERA, striking out 266 and walking 128 in 341 1/3 innings.

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