Edinson Volquez Gets 50-Game PED Suspension

Reds pitcher Edinson Volquez has been suspended 50 games for using PEDs, reports SI's Jon Heyman.  Volquez is currently recovering from Tommy John surgery; he had the procedure on August 3rd of last year.  Even with the 50 games off, Volquez will be able to serve the suspension while on the DL – it begins tomorrow.  His service time will not be affected, and he'll still be arbitration-eligible after the season.

Volquez released a statement on the matter, saying he received medication in the Dominican Republic prescribed to help with fertility.


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86 Comments on "Edinson Volquez Gets 50-Game PED Suspension"


Dave4G4e
5 years 4 months ago

not another one…

Obscurity
5 years 4 months ago

Didn’t see that one coming.

Dave4G4e
5 years 4 months ago

me neither

Dave4G4e
5 years 4 months ago

It’s probably stuff for his recovery but still, in this era you need to be careful

PRKnight
5 years 4 months ago

My words when i heard this…WOW! he’s a good pitcher too, to bad for him

mitch
5 years 4 months ago

I don’t remember a player that was as big of a name but still not yet through Arb. I mean obviuosly A-rod, Manny, et. were bigger names but they had FA contracts. This could end up being a very closely watch arbitration hearing in order to see how much of a factor the PED suspension plays into how much he makes next year.

Roy Munson
5 years 4 months ago

Don’t leave out David Ortiz

nbbaseball51
5 years 4 months ago

remember there’s no blood test for HGH and the steroid tests are random. A few minor leaguer’s have been nailed, but that’s about it.

Neither HGH or Anabolic Steroids are very expensive if players choose to take them, its the research that goes into making them “undetectable” that makes them cost a lot.

gigantes2425
5 years 4 months ago

what an idiot

zonis
5 years 4 months ago

If the Reds were to activate him early, say, now, couldn’t he basically serve his suspension while recovering from TJ?

mitch
5 years 4 months ago

I guess they could do that, but I believe that he would have to finish his 60 DL stint first becuase I think he has to be on the 40 man roster to serve the suspension and the team can temporarily remove him fron the 40 man if he’s on the 60 day DL.

aap212
5 years 4 months ago

It’s the only thing that can stop him from getting any Rookie of the Year votes.

mitch
5 years 4 months ago

that and the fact that he has almost 3 years of service time.

Guest
5 years 4 months ago

Over your head.

aap212
5 years 4 months ago

Yeah, you missed the joke. Volquez received actual ROY votes in three straight years.

Jason_F
5 years 4 months ago

I’ve read this numerous times in the comments section here and other places, but can’t find anything anywhere that confirms it. I’ve scoured the Baseball Reference awards voting section only to find that he (erroneously) received votes for 2008 NL ROY. Do you have a link that proves otherwise?

aap212
5 years 4 months ago

I was incorrect. He merely received several rookie of the year votes when he wasn’t a rookie. I stand by the joke.

Jason_F
5 years 4 months ago

I’ve read this numerous times in the comments section here and other places, but can’t find anything anywhere that confirms it. I’ve scoured the Baseball Reference awards voting section only to find that he (erroneously) received votes for 2008 NL ROY. Do you have a link that proves otherwise?

mitch
5 years 4 months ago

intresting, I never heard that one. I heard that Zach Day was once named rookie pitcher of the month in his 3rd ML season. I guess the guy that keeps track of service time must’ve been on vacation those days.

mitch
5 years 4 months ago

intresting, I never heard that one. I heard that Zach Day was once named rookie pitcher of the month in his 3rd ML season. I guess the guy that keeps track of service time must’ve been on vacation those days.

Will_Clarks_Gauchos
5 years 4 months ago

This may affect his arbitration hearing…

5 years 4 months ago

Volquez is not a rookie…he started the All-Star game 2 yrs ago….I believe the 50 games is after he comes off the DL too….coluld be wrong though

Jason_F
5 years 4 months ago

Volquez also never started an all star game.

5 years 4 months ago

50 game suspension starts today…he basically is losing the pay since he couldn’t play the next 50 games anyway

5 years 4 months ago

50 game suspension starts today…he basically is losing the pay since he couldn’t play the next 50 games anyway

aap212
5 years 4 months ago

He’s not a rookie, but he received rookie of the year votes after his eligibility was up.

AB
5 years 4 months ago

Hurray. The Reds really needed that…

iains
5 years 4 months ago

Hmm.. so can the Reds take him off the DL and have him on suspension for 50 games?

5 years 4 months ago

Apparently he can serve the suspension and rehab on the disabled list SIMULTANEOUSLY. That is such absolute crap. The point of suspensions is to penalize the player. He’s not going to miss any time he wouldn’t have missed otherwise. There’s no penalty.

Jason_F
5 years 4 months ago

The biggest penalty of all: $$$$$

iains
5 years 4 months ago

Probably about $140,000

iains
5 years 4 months ago

From what I’m reading, a suspended player is on the restricted list, meaning that the team retains control, but he’s not filling a roster spot. I’m not sure if the suspension also means he can’t be in the clubhouse or not.. but if it has no impact on the playing roster, why not have him serve the suspension while rehabbing?

AB
5 years 4 months ago

From what I’m reading from the local beat writers on Twitter it sounds like he’ll miss out on money but not playing time.

Suzysman
5 years 4 months ago

*snickers in the corner*

grandpoohbah
5 years 4 months ago

Another ex Texas Ranger testing positive…imagine that

jason54858
5 years 4 months ago

Dude He has not played for the Rangers in 3 years and wasn’t any good here. Ivan, Jaun, Alex, Palmero are the only guys that I know of linked to steroids from the Ranger organization. Yankees, A’s, Red Sox, and many other teams have there share to.

BaseballFan0707
5 years 4 months ago

And yet all those players you named were pretty big time hitters/players in Texas.

The point is that one should definitely find it rather suspicious that all of these former Rangers are tied to steroids.

MadmanTX
5 years 4 months ago

And not one of them was chasing or won a HR hitting title like McGwire or Bonds or Sosa.

Suzysman
5 years 4 months ago

Outside of the obvious ARod, JuanGone, Pudge, Palmero and Canseco issues, you have guys like

Dave Martinez (Canseco says introduced him to it year prior)
Gary Matthews (Revealed after he signed with Anaheim)
Jerry Hairston (ordering HGH traced back to 04/05, revealed while with Texas)
Ismael Valdez (documents he ordered in 2002)
Todd Greene (same doctor as Valdez, unknown when but he was there with Valdez in 2002 right before they caught Ismael ordering)
John Rocker (Documented he ordered months after his year there)

There could be more, looked them up fast. There are also guys like Segui which might be in the fold too

(Edit to say – not that I am saying he has been doing them since then, just responding to the question of Texas users)

MadmanTX
5 years 4 months ago

Cmon. Go over the lists of those busted for PEDs and not a majority of them were on the Rangers roster when they tested positive. Why not dig into the Yanks because they had Pettitte and Clemens? The Mitchell Report identified 16 past and present Yankees players. 16. So, don’t bash on the Rangers for having all of the juiced players. And they haven’t made all of the post-season appearances that the Yankees did with theirs.

Suzysman
5 years 4 months ago

What is your issue? You talked about the players implicated while in or with the Rangers and I gave you a more expanded list…

And you cant just say “past and present” because if I did that for the Rangers, the list would skyrocket – I stuck to only players suspected to be using or implicated while there. The only thing I can tell you is sorry you clearly dont like the results.

Suzysman
5 years 4 months ago

Outside of the obvious ARod, JuanGone, Pudge, Palmero and Canseco issues, you have guys like

Dave Martinez (Canseco says introduced him to it year prior)
Gary Matthews (Revealed after he signed with Anaheim)
Jerry Hairston (ordering HGH traced back to 04/05, revealed while with Texas)
Ismael Valdez (documents he ordered in 2002)
Todd Greene (same doctor as Valdez, unknown when but he was there with Valdez in 2002 right before they caught Ismael ordering)
John Rocker (Documented he ordered months after his year there)

There could be more, looked them up fast. There are also guys like Segui which might be in the fold too

(Edit to say – not that I am saying he has been doing them since then, just responding to the question of Texas users)

whodey1010
5 years 4 months ago

I was thinking the same thing.

whodey1010
5 years 4 months ago

I was thinking the same thing.

grandpoohbah
5 years 4 months ago

Another ex Texas Ranger testing positive…imagine that

Guest
5 years 4 months ago

So did MLB wait just long enough for Manny to show up?

TravisMount
5 years 4 months ago

If he can serve the suspension on the DL, why wouldn’t teams (or players/trainers) just pump pitchers recovering from Tommy John surgery with steroids?

So they get suspended, but so what? They heal faster and will be back on the field much sooner than they would have just sitting on the shelf for two years.

The system makes no sense. Selig should really make a change that you can’t serve a suspension while on the DL. Further proof that MLB doesn’t care about steroid use in the least.

barroomhero
5 years 4 months ago

This is interesting. Because then, couldn’t a team put a guy on the 60-day DL when they get suspended for PEDs and free up a 40 man roster spot? Sounds fishy to me.

barroomhero
5 years 4 months ago

This is interesting. Because then, couldn’t a team put a guy on the 60-day DL when they get suspended for PEDs and free up a 40 man roster spot? Sounds fishy to me.

alxn
5 years 4 months ago

don’t be ridiculous

alxn
5 years 4 months ago

don’t be ridiculous

Tom R
5 years 4 months ago

That might make sense for guys making the league minimum, but for somebody like Ben Sheets for example, that would cost him a lot of money.

wintwins
5 years 4 months ago

The guys making the league minimum would need to money more haha

Tom R
5 years 4 months ago

That might make sense for guys making the league minimum, but for somebody like Ben Sheets for example, that would cost him a lot of money.

TravisMount
5 years 4 months ago

If he can serve the suspension on the DL, why wouldn’t teams (or players/trainers) just pump pitchers recovering from Tommy John surgery with steroids?

So they get suspended, but so what? They heal faster and will be back on the field much sooner than they would have just sitting on the shelf for two years.

The system makes no sense. Selig should really make a change that you can’t serve a suspension while on the DL. Further proof that MLB doesn’t care about steroid use in the least.

Truitalian9
5 years 4 months ago

he had filthy stuff in 07 you couldnt hit him

Jason_F
5 years 4 months ago

If you’re talking about when he was in the minors with Texas during ’07, then yes. But I think the season you are talking about is 2008 with the Reds.

Jason_F
5 years 4 months ago

If you’re talking about when he was in the minors with Texas during ’07, then yes. But I think the season you are talking about is 2008 with the Reds.