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Mike Marjama suspended 80 games after testing positive for Oxandrolone


Major League Baseball announced that catcher Mike Marjama has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for Oxandrolone, a performance-enhancing substance. Marjama retired last July, but recently applied for reinstatement.

MLB’s press release notes that Marjama’s reinstatement application will be ruled on by commissioner Rob Manfred once the 80-game suspension is completed. It is difficult to see this any other way than Marjama staying retired.

Marjama played just 15 games in the majors with the Mariners before abruptly retiring last summer. Nathan Fenno of the Los Angeles Times revealed that Marjama chose to retire in order to raise awareness about eating disorders. Marjama was bulemic as a high school athlete and was hospitalized.

Oxandrolone is an anabolic steroid which, among other things, can promote weight gain. It is also used to help build muscle, which is why many athletes use it, of course.

Zack Wheeler headed to IL due to shoulder fatigue

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Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler will be placed on the 10-day injured list due to fatigue in his right shoulder, Newsday’s Tim Healey reports. The roster move is retroactive to July 12. Steven Matz will open up a two-game series in Minnesota, starting in Wheeler’s place on Tuesday.

As Healey notes, the soonest Wheeler can return is July 23, which would give him at most two starts ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. Wheeler has frequently been brought up in trade conversations as he can become a free agent after the season and the 42-51 Mets have been freefalling.

Wheeler, 29, owns a 4.69 ERA with 130 strikeouts and 34 walks across 119 innings of work this season.