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#1 Parker Hageman

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Posted 07 September 2019 - 12:35 PM

One day after a solid performance against the Cleveland Indians, Major League Baseball announces it has suspended Michael Pineda for 60 games following a positive test for a banned substance.According to Pineda's statement, the pitcher had taken Hydrochlorothiazide, a banned diurectic under MLB's testing program.

Pineda says he took the medication that was given to him by a "close acquaintance, who obtained it over-the-counter". He went on to say he ingested several of those pills without the consent of the Minnesota Twins' medical staff.

Statement from the Twins regarding the suspension:

“We were disappointed to learn of the suspension of Michael Pineda 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 banned substances from our game. Per the protocol outlined in the Joint Drug Program, the Minnesota Twins will not comment further on this matter.”

According to Ken Rosenthal, the league's arbitrator decided to reduce Pineda's suspension from 80-games to 60 after an appeals process. Nevertheless, the Twins' pitcher remains ineligible for the postseason, a crushing development to what had become one of the team's best arms in the second-half of the season.

In nine starts since the All Star break, Pineda was 5-1 with a 3.04 ERA while striking out 56 and walking just 12 in 53.1 innings.

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Posted 07 September 2019 - 12:39 PM

Gut punch.

 

Thanks, Mike.

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Posted 07 September 2019 - 12:39 PM

Wow. Takes the wind right out of my sail.
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Posted 07 September 2019 - 12:39 PM

What horrible news!! Pineda had been doing great! It’s so frustrating that these athletes can’t manage to keep track of what they’re putting in their bodies to avoid issues like this. Without Pineda im their playoff rotation the Twins have no chance to advance beyond the ALDS. And with this loss they might not even win the division. Any optimism I had for the playoffs is now gone with Berríos looking terrible, Gibson hurt, and now Pineda gone.
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Posted 07 September 2019 - 12:42 PM

"Hydrochlorothiazide is a diuretic and masking agent prohibited under Section S5 of the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) Prohibited List. ... Diuretics can mask other prohibited substances by increasing urine volume, thereby diluting the presence of any other substances present in a urine sample."

 

https://www.sportsin...zide-sanctions/

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Posted 07 September 2019 - 12:42 PM

Awww, Crap! Yes, with a capital ‘c’.
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Posted 07 September 2019 - 12:43 PM

 

What horrible news!! Pineda had been doing great! It’s so frustrating that these athletes can’t manage to keep track of what they’re putting in their bodies to avoid issues like this.

 

Pineda's history suggest he knew exactly what he was doing.

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#8 Seth Stohs

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Posted 07 September 2019 - 12:44 PM

From Ken Rosenthal:

 

 


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Posted 07 September 2019 - 12:44 PM

How the heck are the Twins even going to win this division with Perez, a worn-down Berrios, an illness-stricken Gibson and a flavor-of-the-week rookie starting 4/5 of their games the rest of the way?

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Posted 07 September 2019 - 12:46 PM

How the heck are the Twins even going to win this division with Perez, a worn-down Berrios, an illness-stricken Gibson and a flavor-of-the-week rookie starting 4/5 of their games the rest of the way?

They won’t. Plain & simple.
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#11 hybridbear

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Posted 07 September 2019 - 12:47 PM

Pineda's history suggest he knew exactly what he was doing.

What history?

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Posted 07 September 2019 - 12:48 PM

Hey Big Mike, that is some bad teammating you did there.
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Posted 07 September 2019 - 12:48 PM

Pineda says he took the medication that was given to him by a "close acquaintance, who obtained it over-the-counter". He went on to say he ingested several of those pills without the consent of the Minnesota Twins' medical staff.

¡Que menso!! That’s just so dumb. I don’t get why these professional athletes can’t seem to understand that they need to clear things with the team.
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Posted 07 September 2019 - 12:49 PM

Wow.

And what George Carlin said you cant say on TV.
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Posted 07 September 2019 - 12:49 PM

Nobody to blame but himself.Stupid.

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Posted 07 September 2019 - 12:52 PM

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Posted 07 September 2019 - 12:52 PM

Give Pineda credit, he owned it and didn't throw the Twins under the bus. 

 

Could just as easily pointed fingers at the Twins medical staff.

 

Hopefully, the Twins will find a way to overcome this setback.


#18 Vanimal46

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Posted 07 September 2019 - 12:53 PM

Not sure they can win a play in game now, let alone a 5 or 7 game series... Disappointing.

#19 ashbury

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Posted 07 September 2019 - 12:55 PM

Pineda's history suggest he knew exactly what he was doing.

The arbitrator reduced the standard suspension, which suggests there was no evidence of other substances being masked.

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Posted 07 September 2019 - 12:58 PM

If it was me, I'd stretch Thorpe out and hope to catch lightning in a bottle somehow.

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