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Added April 21st, 2010 by Sooze

Reds’ Volquez Busted for Banned Substance

Some people never learn.

Former All-Star pitcher Edinson Volquez was suspended for 50 games by Major League Baseball on Tuesday after he was busted for taking a banned fertility substance.

The Cincinnati Reds reliever, who is recovering  from reconstructive elbow surgery, will (surprisingly) be allowed to continue his rehab program down at the team’s spring training complex in Goodyear, Arizona.  He’s expected to rejoin the team in late July or early August.

Volquez, the first moron suspended for a banned performance substance since Manny Ramirez was penalized 50 games last May, claimed in a statement that he received a prescription in the Dominican Republic so he could make some Edinson Juniors with his wife.

“Although I understand that I must accept responsibility for this mistake and have chosen not to challenge my suspension,” he said, “I want to assure everyone that this was an isolated incident involving my genuine effort to treat a common medical issue.”

I don’t buy it.

Volquez went 17-6 with a 3.21 ERA for the Reds in his 2008 All-Star season, and then 4-2 with a 4.35 ERA last season before his arm began to bother him in June.

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