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Phillies pitcher Daniel Stumpf nailed with 80-game suspension – SportsUntapped.com
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Added April 18th, 2016 by Ian

Phillies pitcher Daniel Stumpf nailed with 80-game suspension
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Left-handed relief pitcher Daniel Stumpf of the Philadelphia Phillies has been handed an 80-game suspension without pay for failing a performance-enhancing drug test. Major League Baseball (MLB) handed out the punishment to the 25-year-old on April 14. This is Stumpf’s first year in MLB and he rookie was banned after testing positive for a substance named dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, which is a known anabolic steroid which is typically used to increase strength and speed.

However, it doesn’t appear that the drug had any positive effect on his early-season performance since the rookie had an earned-run average of 40.50 in his three appearances after pitching two-thirds of an inning and allowing three runs against. He didn’t record an out in his debut on April 7th as he walked a pair of batters and then gave up a grand slam. Stumpf’s current contract sees him paid the minimum MLB wage of $507,500 this season which means he’ll be losing a total of $221,858 in pay. If Stumpf plays in the minors this year his salary drops to just $41,400. The pitcher was taken by the Phillies in the latest winter-meeting draft for unprotected players.

Stumpf spent the last four seasons in the minors with the Kansas City Royals organization and posted a record of 20-23 along with an earned-run average of 3.21. He was chosen by Kansas City out of San Jacinto College in the ninth round of the amateur draft back in 2012. Even though the 2016 MLB season is just a couple of weeks old, Stumpf is already the fifth player to be banned this year under the league’s drug program. Outfielder Juan Duran of the Cincinnati Reds also received an 80-game suspension this season along with outfielder Abraham Amonte of the Cleveland Indians and free-agent catcher Taylor Teagarden.

In addition, relief pitcher Jenrry Meija of the New York Mets received a lifetime ban from Major League Baseball after failing a performance-enhancing drug test for the third time. The Phillies have called up left-handed pitcher Elvis Araujo from Triple-A Lehigh Valley as a replacement for Stumpf on the team’s 25-man roster while he serves his suspension. Araujo appeared in 40 games with Philadelphia last season and posted a 2-1 record along with an earned-run average of 3.38. Stumpf becomes the fifth Phillies player in team history to be suspended for failing a drug test. The club said it was disappointed in the result of the player’s test, but it fully supports the MLB drug policy.

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