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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  1. Dave4G4e 5 years ago

    not another one…

  2. Obscurity 5 years ago

    Didn’t see that one coming.

  3. Dave4G4e 5 years ago

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

  4. PRKnight 5 years ago

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

  5. mitch 5 years 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 ago

      Don’t leave out David Ortiz

    • nbbaseball51 5 years 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.

  6. gigantes2425 5 years ago

    what an idiot

  7. zonis 5 years 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 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.

  8. aap212 5 years ago

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

    • mitch 5 years ago

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

      • Guest 5 years ago

        Over your head.

      • aap212 5 years ago

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

        • Jason_F 5 years 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 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 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 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 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.

  9. Will_Clarks_Gauchos 5 years ago

    This may affect his arbitration hearing…

  10. 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 ago

      Volquez also never started an all star game.

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

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

    • aap212 5 years ago

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

  11. AB 5 years ago

    Hurray. The Reds really needed that…

  12. iains 5 years ago

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

    • 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 ago

        The biggest penalty of all: $$$$$

      • iains 5 years 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?

  13. AB 5 years 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.

  14. Suzysman 5 years ago

    *snickers in the corner*

  15. grandpoohbah 5 years ago

    Another ex Texas Ranger testing positive…imagine that

    • jason54858 5 years 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 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 ago

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

      • Suzysman 5 years 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 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 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 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 ago

      I was thinking the same thing.

    • whodey1010 5 years ago

      I was thinking the same thing.

  16. grandpoohbah 5 years ago

    Another ex Texas Ranger testing positive…imagine that

  17. Guest 5 years ago

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

  18. TravisMount 5 years 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 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 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 ago

      don’t be ridiculous

    • alxn 5 years ago

      don’t be ridiculous

    • Tom R 5 years 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 ago

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

    • Tom R 5 years 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.

  19. TravisMount 5 years 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.

  20. vinnieg 5 years ago

    he had filthy stuff in 07 you couldnt hit him

    • Jason_F 5 years 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 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.

  21. vinnieg 5 years ago

    he had filthy stuff in 07 you couldnt hit him

  22. WOW! And he’s not even a Yankee. This should put him pretty high on their list as soon as he hits FA though; a’ la Sergio Mitre.

  23. WOW! And he’s not even a Yankee. This should put him pretty high on their list as soon as he hits FA though; a’ la Sergio Mitre.

  24. Ian_Smell 5 years ago

    Would it be fair to give him the nickname of PEDinson?

  25. Ian_Smell 5 years ago

    Would it be fair to give him the nickname of PEDinson?

  26. Yankeefan4life 5 years ago

    Read the last sentence in the article. He can serve his suspension on the DL.

  27. Yankeefan4life 5 years ago

    Read the last sentence in the article. He can serve his suspension on the DL.

  28. TimotheusATL 5 years ago

    I must be the only person who’s NOT surprised that THIS GUY got nailed for PEDs. Yeesh.

  29. TimotheusATL 5 years ago

    I must be the only person who’s NOT surprised that THIS GUY got nailed for PEDs. Yeesh.

  30. This will cost Volquez in his own personal money but it will save the Reds some cash when arbitration hearings come along. Plus the fact he probably will not pitch in MLB this year. I see Reds ownership taking a big sigh of relief not having a huge arbitration raise staring at them in the face to go along with what Votto and Cueto will pull.

    • Dave4G4e 5 years ago

      Yeah, this really is a no-lose situation for the Reds, wouldn’t have had him anyway

    • Dave4G4e 5 years ago

      Yeah, this really is a no-lose situation for the Reds, wouldn’t have had him anyway

  31. This will cost Volquez in his own personal money but it will save the Reds some cash when arbitration hearings come along. Plus the fact he probably will not pitch in MLB this year. I see Reds ownership taking a big sigh of relief not having a huge arbitration raise staring at them in the face to go along with what Votto and Cueto will pull.

  32. schellis 5 years ago

    Surely Volquez knows that he doesn’t have to take the female fertility drugs in order for them to work the way they’re suppose to. Wonder if Manny was trying for a kid as well.

  33. schellis 5 years ago

    Surely Volquez knows that he doesn’t have to take the female fertility drugs in order for them to work the way they’re suppose to. Wonder if Manny was trying for a kid as well.

  34. fail. i picked him up as a FA on my fantasy team and put him on the DL… will be dropping tonight

  35. BaseballFan0707 5 years ago

    It’s a shame that MLB rules on suspended players is such a joke that he can serve this suspension while recovering from his TJ surgery. If it were up to people with common sense, his ass would serve that suspension the minute he is deemed ready to pitch and has completed his rehab/minor league assignment. You shouldn’t be able to play the system like that.

    • alphabet_soup5 5 years ago

      Didn’t Manny play in the minors a little last year before coming back up to the MLB? I think you’re only suspended from the MLB, but I agree with you.

      • BaseballFan0707 5 years ago

        Yep, that’s still bs. You shouldn’t be able to get any form of benefit at all. Your ass sits for 50 days the moment you can come back and play, not when you’re going through your rehab. You want to cheat and inconvenience the league? The league should do the same right back to you.

    • alphabet_soup5 5 years ago

      Didn’t Manny play in the minors a little last year before coming back up to the MLB? I think you’re only suspended from the MLB, but I agree with you.

  36. Patattack 5 years ago

    So his time on the DL counts toward his suspension. How does that work out?

  37. akbled 5 years ago

    No you’re not the only optimist, but you would be wrong to believe his statement. As I understand it he easily could have sought an exemption to use said fertility drug if it were for legitimate use. He didn’t, case closed.

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