Tim Beckham suspended 80 games for PEDs

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The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Seattle Mariners infielder Tim Beckham has received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The 80-game suspension of Beckham is effective immediately.

Beckham, 29, the first overall pick in the 2008 draft, signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract with Seattle last January. He was hitting .237/.293/.461 with 15 homers and 47 RBI on the season. He started the season in red-hot fashion, posting an .880 OPS in Mach and April but quickly tailed off before enjoying a strong July.

Now he’s out for August, September and — if he manages to sign on someplace this offseason — for the fist 30-some-odd games at the start of next season as well.