Royals' Skoglund suspended 80 games; tested positive for banned PED

The Kansas City Royals left-handed pitcher Eric Skoglund has been suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for a banned PED.

Posted: Jan. 16, 2019 5:58 PM

(KANSAS CITY, Mo.)— The Kansas City Royals left-handed pitcher Eric Skoglund has been suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for a banned PED.

“Unfortunately when something like this occurs I immediately think about how much work and dedication our medical staff does communicating to the players about the importance of being careful about what they put in their bodies," Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. "I’m appreciative that professional baseball players are tested more frequently than any professional athlete and we should all be thankful that testing is working. Eric is a tremendous young man and he unknowingly made a mistake and he will have to accept his suspension, work hard and be ready to go after the suspension is served. We remain proud of who Eric is as a person and will support him as an organization.”

The 26-year-old pitched in 70 innings in 2018 for the Royals. Skoglund started 13 games going 1-6 with a 5.14 ERA.  

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