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Article: Jorge Polanco Receives 80-Game Suspension For PED

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#1 Seth Stohs

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Posted 18 March 2018 - 03:04 PM

FT. MYERS - According to the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball, Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco has been suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball. According to the report, Polanco has been suspended for testing positive for Stanozolol.

The suspension will start at the beginning of the season. Below you will find a statement from the Twins and from Jorge Polanco.The Twins have issued a statement.


"We were disappointed to learn of the suspension of Jorge Polanco for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. We fully support Major League Baseball’s policy and its efforts to eliminate performance enhancing substances from our game. Per the protocol outlined in the Joint Drug Program, the Minnesota Twins will not comment further on this matter."

Jorge Polanco issued his own statement upon the release of the news:

Today, I have regretfully accepted my 80-game suspension for testing positive for Stanozolol. To be clear, I did not intentionally consume this steroid. I now know, however, that my intention alone is not a good enough excuse and I will pay the price for my error in judgment. The substance that I requested from my athletic trainer in the Dominican Republic and consented to take was a combination of vitamin B12 and an iron supplement, something that is not unusual or illegal for professional athletes to take. Unfortunately, what I was given was not that supplement and I take full responsibility for what is in my body.


Every bone in my body wants to appeal this suspension but out of respect for Derek Falvey, Thad Levine, Paul Molitor, my coaches, my teammates, and the entire Twins organization, I have decided to withdraw my request to appeal and will begin serving my suspension immediately. My hope is that through this extremely disappointing situation other players will learn from my mistake.


I hope that those who have believed in me, those within the Twins organization, my teammates, and the fans in Minnesota and in the Dominican Republic will accept my sincere apology. I will continue to train hard every day in the hopes of being able to contribute to winning baseball games with the Twins later this year.

The news is very tough for the Twins and their fans. Polanco provided about two Wins Above Replacement last year. He hit .256/.313/.410 (.723) while playing better than expected defense at shortstop. The 24-year-old was especially strong the last two months of the season, After August 1st, he hit .316/.377/.553 (.931) with 15 doubles, ten homers and 42 RBI over the final 55 Twins games.

The suspension opens up the possibility for Erick Aybar to make the Opening Day roster and potentially compete with Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza for innings at shortstop.


Tomorrow morning, Polanco and Twins CBO Derek Falvey will be available to discuss the suspension.

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#2 baumannmd

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Posted 18 March 2018 - 03:11 PM

Good luck for Aybar, I’d guess. Escobar might see some reps at 6 too? Never good news to lose a player for half a season, but of all the players to lose, Polanco is probably among the most expendable.
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Posted 18 March 2018 - 03:29 PM

So if/when Sano gets suspended the left side could be Esco and Aybar? Woof.

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Posted 18 March 2018 - 03:32 PM

Good luck for Aybar, I’d guess. Escobar might see some reps at 6 too? Never good news to lose a player for half a season, but of all the players to lose, Polanco is probably among the most expendable.

 

Not the way he played at the end of last year...

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Posted 18 March 2018 - 03:36 PM

So, when does Polanco's 40-man roster spot open up?In other words, do the Twins need to hold Polanco's roster spot until the beginning of the season, meaning they'd have to cut someone else on the 40 now in order to put Aybar on the 40?


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Posted 18 March 2018 - 03:36 PM

This sucks. I'll give Polanco the benefit of the doubt and believe his story, but if this is really the case teams really need to start doing a better job of monitoring who these guys are working with in the offseason and what they're putting into their bodies.

 

You're a professional athlete. It's not a mystery what substances are and are not legal. Get it together. 

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Posted 18 March 2018 - 03:36 PM

If you want to take B-12 and an iron supplement, then go to the damn drug store and buy it yourself. Don't trust anyone else.
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Posted 18 March 2018 - 03:37 PM

Same substance that Ervin Santana tested positive.Not sure that Aybar is an automatic to make the team, since both Adrianza and Escobar can play SS.This means that Erick Aybar, Jake Cave, Zack Granite, Robbie Grossman, and potentially even Ryan Lamarre or Brock Stassi fighting for 2 positions.  

 

The suspension opens a 40-man spot until mid-season as well that opens the possibility to be filled from outside the roster.

 

Not many free agents left out there, but the Twins are looking for a home for Kennys Vargas as well...

 

SS Adeiny Hechavarria currently of the Rays is owed $5.9 million for 2018.Might be a trade that benefits both.

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Posted 18 March 2018 - 03:37 PM

In addition to the 80 game suspension, Polanco will not be eligible for the postseason if the Twins make it. Gonna need someone to step up in his place.


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Posted 18 March 2018 - 03:39 PM

Not the way he played at the end of last year...


If you believe that Polanco’s second half was sustainable and indicitave of the future, then it’s a big loss. I don’t believe that, but I’d be glad to be wrong.

Plus, there are decent (not great) options to replace him. Given my expected output for Polanco and the options to replace him, I’d rather see him gone for 80 games rather than pretty much all other position players.
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Posted 18 March 2018 - 03:42 PM

Can JJ Hardy still play a little or is he still pissed at the twins?

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Posted 18 March 2018 - 03:46 PM

 

If you believe that Polanco’s second half was sustainable and indicitave of the future, then it’s a big loss. I don’t believe that, but I’d be glad to be wrong.

Plus, there are decent (not great) options to replace him. Given my expected output for Polanco and the options to replace him, I’d rather see him gone for 80 games rather than pretty much all other position players.

I think he's talented.I think he's a legit major league starting player.But one has to wonder how much he was helped by what he was taking?

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Posted 18 March 2018 - 03:50 PM

 

This sucks. I'll give Polanco the benefit of the doubt and believe his story, but if this is really the case teams really need to start doing a better job of monitoring who these guys are working with in the offseason and what they're putting into their bodies.

 

You're a professional athlete. It's not a mystery what substances are and are not legal. Get it together. 

Not only that ... yet again ... it's someone from the DR. I'm not saying that in any kind of negative way, it's just a higher percentage of athletes from the DR that are the ones testing positive. If he needs a B12 and iron supplement, perhaps get it directly from the Twins.

 

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Posted 18 March 2018 - 03:51 PM

Aybar is not good. This is bad. We just can't have nice things as Minnesota fans
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Posted 18 March 2018 - 03:54 PM

Any chance the Twins try and trade for Jurickson Profar? 


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Posted 18 March 2018 - 03:55 PM

Defensively, isn't Adrianza supposed to be, uh, good? I'd guess he would be the main replacement at SS with Esco jumping in?

 

That said, Polanco has been having a rough spring, lots of errors so far. Maybe this time off gives him time to get it together. I've never been that high on him as a full-time SS but where do you go from here at this point?

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Posted 18 March 2018 - 03:57 PM

Can't you buy iron and B-12 supplements at Walmart?? Gotta be smarter than that. Does someone need to be removed from the 40 man or does his suspension open a spot?

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Posted 18 March 2018 - 03:57 PM

Wow. Terrible news. Very disappointed in Polanco. 

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Posted 18 March 2018 - 03:58 PM

IMO there is zero possibility he didn't know what he was taking.

None.
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Posted 18 March 2018 - 04:05 PM

IMO there is zero possibility he didn't know what he was taking.
None.



I agree, this is the same substance most Domincan players are caught with. Clearly not an iron supplement. Also important to note that the teams have supplements that they know are ok and are available for the players. They don’t need to get them from anyone in the DR.
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