List of Major League Baseball players suspended for performance-enhancing drugs

Manny Ramírez was suspended under Major League Baseball's drug policy in 2009 and 2011.

In January 2004, Major League Baseball announced a new drug policy which originally included random, offseason testing and 10-day suspensions for first-time offenders, 30-days for second-time offenders, 60-days for third-time offenders, and one year for fourth-time offenders, all without pay, in an effort to curtail performance-enhancing drug use (PED) in professional baseball. This policy strengthened baseball's pre-existing ban on controlled substances, including steroids, which has been in effect since 1991.[1] The policy was to be reviewed in 2008, but under pressure from the U.S. Congress, on November 15, 2005, players and owners agreed to tougher penalties; a 50-game suspension for a first offense, a 100-game suspension for a second, and a lifetime ban for a third.

In December 2009, Sports Illustrated named baseball's steroid scandal of performance-enhancing drugs as the number one sports story of the decade of the 2000s.[2]

The current penalties, adopted on March 28, 2014, are 80 games for a first offense, 162 games for a second offense, and a lifetime ban for a third. Players are also prohibited from participating in that year's post-season regardless of when their suspension is completed.[3]

Suspended players

Ryan Franklin was suspended in 2005.
While playing for the New York Mets in 2006 Guillermo Mota was suspended for 50 games.
At the end of the 2007 season, Mike Cameron was suspended for 25 games, effective the next season.
Jay Gibbons was suspended at the end of the 2008 season.
J. C. Romero was suspended for 50 games in 2009.
Clay Hensley was suspended 15 games in 2005.
In 2007, Jorge Sosa was suspended 50 games.
Pablo Ozuna was suspended 50 games while in the Philadelphia Phillies organization.
Jenrry Mejía was banned for life in February 2016, after his third positive test for performance-enhancing drugs.
Key
* Major League Baseball All-Star
MVP Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player
SS Silver Slugger Award winner
GG Gold Glove award winner
P Pitcher
C Catcher
1B First baseman
2B Second baseman
3B Third baseman
SS Shortstop
OF Outfielder
DH Designated hitter
UT Utility player
dagger Player was named in the Mitchell Report (may or may not be related to suspension)
(#) Number of times the player was suspended (starts after second positive test)
Italics Currently active
^ Suspension lasted more than 100 games

Players who were on major league rosters

Player Team Date announced Drug Penalty Position Response Ref.
Sánchez, AlexAlex Sánchez Tampa Bay Devil Rays April 3, 2005 10 days OF [a] [5]
Montero, AgustínAgustín Montero Texas Rangers April 20, 2005 10 days P [b] [7]
Strong, JamalJamal Strong Seattle Mariners April 26, 2005 10 days OF [c] [9]
Rincón, JuanJuan Rincón Minnesota Twins May 2, 2005 10 days P [d] [9]
Betancourt, RafaelRafael Betancourt Cleveland Indians July 8, 2005 10 days P [e] [12]
Palmeiro, RafaelRafael Palmeiro SS GG Baltimore Orioles August 1, 2005 Stanozolol 10 days DH [f] [14]
Franklin, RyanRyan Franklindagger Seattle Mariners August 2, 2005 10 days P [g] [16]
Morse, MikeMike Morse Seattle Mariners September 7, 2005 10 days SS [h] [18]
Almanzar, CarlosCarlos Almanzar Texas Rangers October 4, 2005 10 days P [i] [20]
Heredia, FélixFélix Heredia New York Mets October 18, 2005 10 days P [j] [22]
Lawton, MattMatt Lawton New York Yankees November 2, 2005 10 days OF [k] [24]
Iriki, YusakuYusaku Iriki New York Mets April 28, 2006 50 games P [l] [26]
Grimsley, JasonJason Grimsleydagger Arizona Diamondbacks June 12, 2006 50 games P [m] [28]
Mota, GuillermoGuillermo Mota New York Mets November 1, 2006 50 games P [n] [30]
Salas, JuanJuan Salas Tampa Bay Devil Rays May 7, 2007 50 games P [o] [32]
Pérez, NeifiNeifi Pérez GG Detroit Tigers July 6, 2007 25 games UT [p] [35]
Pérez, NeifiNeifi Pérez (2) GG Detroit Tigers August 3, 2007 80 games UT [p] [36]
Cameron, MikeMike Cameron GG San Diego Padres October 31, 2007 25 games OF [q] [38]
Serafini, DanDan Serafini Colorado Rockies November 27, 2007 50 games P [r] [40]
Guillén, JoséJosé Guilléndagger Kansas City Royals December 6, 2007 15 games OF [s] [42]
Gibbons, JayJay Gibbonsdagger Baltimore Orioles December 6, 2007 15 games OF [t] [44]
Alfonzo, EliézerEliézer Alfonzo San Francisco Giants April 30, 2008 50 games C [u] [45]
Romero, J. C.J. C. Romero Philadelphia Phillies January 6, 2009 Androstenedione 50 games P [v] [47]
Ramirez, MannyManny Ramirez SS Los Angeles Dodgers May 7, 2009 Human chorionic gonadotropin 50 games OF [w] [49]
Vólquez, EdinsonEdinson Vólquez Cincinnati Reds April 20, 2010 50 games P [x] [51]
Ramirez, MannyManny Ramirez (2) SS Tampa Bay Rays April 8, 2011 100 games OF [y] [52]
Alfonzo, EliézerEliézer Alfonzo (2) Colorado Rockies September 14, 2011 48 games[A] C [53]
Mota, GuillermoGuillermo Mota (2) San Francisco Giants May 7, 2012 100 games P [54]
Galvis, FreddyFreddy Galvis Philadelphia Phillies June 19, 2012 Clostebol 50 games UT [z] [55]
Byrd, MarlonMarlon Byrd Free agent June 25, 2012 Tamoxifen 50 games OF [aa] [56]
Cabrera, MelkyMelky Cabrera San Francisco Giants August 15, 2012 Testosterone 50 games OF [ab] [57]
Colón, BartoloBartolo Colón Oakland Athletics August 22, 2012 Testosterone 50 games P [ac] [58]
Grandal, YasmaniYasmani Grandal San Diego Padres November 7, 2012 Testosterone 50 games C [ad] [60]
Ruiz, CarlosCarlos Ruiz Philadelphia Phillies November 27, 2012 Amphetamine 25 games C [ae] [61]
Braun, RyanRyan Braun SS MVP Milwaukee Brewers July 22, 2013 Season (65 games) OF [af] [62]
Cruz, NelsonNelson Cruz Texas Rangers August 5, 2013 50 games OF [ag] [63]
Peralta, JhonnyJhonny Peralta Detroit Tigers August 5, 2013 50 games SS [ah] [64]
Cabrera, EverthEverth Cabrera San Diego Padres August 5, 2013 50 games SS [65]
Bastardo, AntonioAntonio Bastardo Philadelphia Phillies August 5, 2013 50 games P [ai] [66]
Cervelli, FranciscoFrancisco Cervelli New York Yankees August 5, 2013 50 games C [aj] [67]
Rodriguez, AlexAlex Rodriguez SS GG MVP New York Yankees August 5, 2013 2014 season (162 games)^[B] 3B [ak] [70]
Tejada, MiguelMiguel Tejadadagger SS MVP Kansas City Royals August 17, 2013 Amphetamine 105 games^ UT [al] [72]
Patton, TroyTroy Patton Baltimore Orioles December 20, 2013 Amphetamine 25 games P [am] [73]
Maybin, CameronCameron Maybin San Diego Padres July 23, 2014 25 games OF [an] [74]
Rollins, DavidDavid Rollins Seattle Mariners March 27, 2015 80 games P
Santana, ErvinErvin Santana Minnesota Twins April 3, 2015 Stanozolol 80 games P [ao] [75]
Mejía, JenrryJenrry Mejía New York Mets April 11, 2015 Stanozolol 80 games P [ap] [76]
McKirahan, AndrewAndrew McKirahan Atlanta Braves April 20, 2015 Ipamorelin 80 games P [aq] [77]
Mejía, JenrryJenrry Mejía (2) New York Mets July 28, 2015 Boldenone, Stanozolol 162 games^ P [78]
Stanley, CodyCody Stanley St. Louis Cardinals September 12, 2015 80 games C [79]
Mejía, JenrryJenrry Mejía (3) New York Mets February 12, 2016 Boldenone Lifetime Ban^ P
Almonte, AbrahamAbraham Almonte Cleveland Indians February 26, 2016 Boldenone 80 games OF
Stumpf, DanielDaniel Stumpf Philadelphia Phillies April 14, 2016 Turinabol 80 games P [80]
Colabello, ChrisChris Colabello Toronto Blue Jays April 22, 2016 Turinabol 80 games 1B [ar] [82]
Gordon, DeeDee Gordon SS GG Miami Marlins April 29, 2016 Clostebol, Testosterone 80 games 2B [83]
Ravin, JoshJosh Ravin Los Angeles Dodgers May 2, 2016 Pralmorelin 80 games P [84]
Mondesi, Raul A.Raul A. Mondesi Kansas City Royals May 10, 2016 50 games[C] SS [85]
Byrd, MarlonMarlon Byrd (2) Cleveland Indians June 1, 2016 Ipamorelin 162 games^ OF [86]
Asher, AlecAlec Asher Philadelphia Phillies June 16, 2016 Turinabol 80 games P [87]
Marte, StarlingStarling Marte GG Pittsburgh Pirates April 18, 2017 Nandrolone 80 games OF [88]
Paulino, DavidDavid Paulino Houston Astros June 29, 2017 Boldenone 80 games P
Polanco, JorgeJorge Polanco Minnesota Twins March 18, 2018 Stanozolol 80 games SS
Cano, RobinsonRobinson Cano SS GG Seattle Mariners May 15, 2018 Furosemide[as] 80 games 2B [at] [89]
Castillo, WelingtonWelington Castillo Chicago White Sox May 24, 2018 Erythropoietin 80 games C
  1. ^ Eliézer Alfonzo's 100-game suspension was reduced due to procedural issues with his test sample.
  2. ^ Alex Rodriguez was initially suspended for 211 games,[68] but continued to play the remainder of the 2013 season while he appealed the suspension.[69] An arbitrator reduced his suspension to 162 games after the season, meaning Rodriguez missed the entire 2014 season.[70] After dropping his subsequent federal lawsuits, Rodriguez served the suspension and returned for the 2015 season.[71]
  3. ^ Raul A. Mondesi's 80-game suspension was reduced to 50 games because it was determined that his substance was ingested via cold medicine.

Players who had major league experience on minor league rosters

Player Team Date announced Penalty Position Response Ref.
Cate, TroyTroy Cate Seattle Mariners April 4, 2005 15 games P [90]
Collazo, WillieWillie Collazo Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim April 4, 2005 15 games P [90]
Córdova, FranciscoFrancisco Córdova Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim April 4, 2005 15 games P [90]
Guzmán, JesúsJesús Guzmán Seattle Mariners April 4, 2005 15 games P [90]
Hensley, ClayClay Hensley San Diego Padres April 4, 2005 15 games P [90]
Machado, RobertRobert Machado Texas Rangers April 4, 2005 15 games C [90]
Moss, DamianDamian Moss Seattle Mariners April 4, 2005 15 games P [91]
Mallette, BrianBrian Mallette (2) Pittsburgh Pirates April 6, 2005 30 games P [92]
Nunnally, JonJon Nunnally Pittsburgh Pirates April 6, 2005 15 games OF [92]
Evans, TomTom Evans Pittsburgh Pirates April 6, 2005 15 games 3B [92]
Matos, JuliusJulius Matos Toronto Blue Jays April 6, 2005 15 games UT [93]
Rodríguez, RicardoRicardo Rodríguez Atlanta Braves April 22, 2005 15 games P [94]
Roberts, GrantGrant Roberts New York Mets April 22, 2005 15 games P [95]
Torres, EiderEider Torres Cleveland Indians April 22, 2005 15 games 2B [94]
Ruiz, RandyRandy Ruiz Philadelphia Phillies May 3, 2005 15 games 1B [96]
McDonald, DarnellDarnell McDonald Cleveland Indians May 6, 2005 15 games OF [94]
Rodríguez, GuillermoGuillermo Rodríguez San Francisco Giants May 12, 2005 15 games C [94]
Herrera, JonathanJonathan Herrera Colorado Rockies May 12, 2005 15 games UT [94]
Smyth, SteveSteve Smyth Oakland Athletics May 12, 2005 15 games OF [94]
Toca, JorgeJorge Toca Chicago White Sox May 12, 2005 15 games 1B [94]
Parker, ChristianChristian Parker Colorado Rockies May 12, 2005 15 games P [94]
Ugueto, LuisLuis Ugueto Kansas City Royals May 13, 2005 15 games UT [94]
Delgado, WilsonWilson Delgado Florida Marlins May 13, 2005 15 games SS [94]
Castro, Ramón A.Ramón A. Castro (2) Washington Nationals July 1, 2005 105 games UT [94]
Labandeira, JoshJosh Labandeira Washington Nationals July 1, 2005 15 games SS [94]
Whiteside, MattMatt Whiteside Toronto Blue Jays July 15, 2005 15 games P [94]
Ruiz, RandyRandy Ruiz (2) Philadelphia Phillies July 22, 2005 30 games 1B [97]
Delgado, WilsonWilson Delgado (2) Florida Marlins August 12, 2005 30 games SS [94]
Ugueto, LuisLuis Ugueto (2) Kansas City Royals August 16, 2005 30 games UT [94]
Ramírez, RamónRamón Ramírez Cincinnati Reds April 11, 2006 50 games P [94]
Rodríguez, NerioNerio Rodríguez Pittsburgh Pirates May 19, 2006 50 games P [94]
Núñez, AbrahamAbraham Núñez San Francisco Giants May 24, 2006 50 games OF [94]
Haad, YamidYamid Haad San Francisco Giants May 31, 2006 50 games C [94]
McCutchen, DanielDaniel McCutchen New York Yankees August 8, 2006 50 games P [98]
Cruceta, FranciscoFrancisco Cruceta Texas Rangers May 9, 2007 50 games P [99]
Urdaneta, LinoLino Urdaneta New York Mets May 16, 2007 50 games P [100]
Salomé, ÁngelÁngel Salomé Milwaukee Brewers July 24, 2007 50 games C [101]
Jorgensen, RyanRyan Jorgensen Cincinnati Reds September 7, 2007 50 games C [102]
Hackman, LutherLuther Hackman Texas Rangers October 30, 2007 50 games P [103]
Schafer, JordanJordan Schafer Atlanta Braves April 8, 2008 50 games OF [104]
Cota, HumbertoHumberto Cota Colorado Rockies May 28, 2008 50 games C [105]
Sosa, JorgeJorge Sosa Seattle Mariners August 21, 2008 50 games P [106]
Hernández, RunelvysRunelvys Hernández Houston Astros September 6, 2008 50 games P [107]
Owens, HenryHenry Owens Florida Marlins November 11, 2008 50 games P [108]
Mitre, SergioSergio Mitre New York Yankees[A] January 6, 2009 50 games P [109]
Ozuna, PabloPablo Ozuna Philadelphia Phillies June 11, 2009 50 games UT [110]
Redman, PrenticePrentice Redman Los Angeles Dodgers June 25, 2010 50 games OF [111]
López, PedroPedro López Washington Nationals July 27, 2010 50 games SS [112]
Redman, PrenticePrentice Redman (2) Los Angeles Dodgers July 27, 2010 100 games OF [112]
Quintanilla, OmarOmar Quintanilla Colorado Rockies August 11, 2010 50 games UT [113]
Kinney, MattMatt Kinney San Francisco Giants August 24, 2010 50 games P [114]
Frandsen, KevinKevin Frandsen Philadelphia Phillies May 11, 2011 50 games 3B [115]
McCutchen, DanielDaniel McCutchen (2) Baltimore Orioles April 6, 2013 50 games P [116]
Valdespin, JordanyJordany Valdespin New York Mets August 5, 2013 50 games OF [au] [117]
Montero, JesúsJesús Montero Seattle Mariners August 5, 2013 50 games C [av] [118]
Escalona, SergioSergio Escalona Houston Astros August 5, 2013 50 games P [aw] [119]
Martínez, FernandoFernando Martínez New York Yankees August 5, 2013 50 games OF [120]
Colomé, ÁlexÁlex Colomé Tampa Bay Rays March 24, 2014 50 games P [ax] [121]
Vizcaíno, ArodysArodys Vizcaíno Atlanta Braves April 2, 2015 80 games P [ay] [122]
Guerra, JavyJavy Guerra Chicago White Sox July 8, 2015 50 games P [az] [123]
Delabar, SteveSteve Delabar Cleveland Indians April 23, 2017 80 games OF [124]
Jurrjens, JairJair Jurrjens Los Angeles Dodgers June 15, 2017 80 games P [125]
Colon, JoeJoe Colon (2) Cleveland Indians July 1, 2017 Season (82 games) P [126]
  1. ^ Mitre failed his test while with the Marlins

Players with only minor-league experience or former MLB players

Player Organization Date announced Penalty Position Response Ref.
Puello, CésarCésar Puello New York Mets August 5, 2013 50 games OF [ba] [127]
de los Santos, FautinoFautino de los Santos Free agent August 5, 2013 50 games P [128]
Norberto, JordanJordan Norberto Free agent August 5, 2013 50 games P [129]
Baker, Ryan Ryan Baker New York Yankees December 4, 2013 50 games C [130]
Garcia, Martire Martire Garcia Texas Rangers April 10, 2014 50 games P [131]
Choi, Ji-manJi-man Choi Seattle Mariners April 17, 2014 50 games 1B [bb] [132]
Gamboa, EddieEddie Gamboa Baltimore Orioles June 13, 2014 50 games P [133]
Cedeno, Moises Moises Cedeno New York Yankees March 19, 2015 72 games [134]
Colon, JoeJoe Colon Cleveland Indians January 8, 2016 50 games P [135]
Stanley, CodyCody Stanley (2) Free agent July 8, 2016 162 games C [136]
Littrell, CoreyCorey Littrell St. Louis Cardinals February 16, 2017 50 games P [137]

Players with major league experience in a non-affiliated professional league

Player Organization Date announced Penalty Position Response Ref.
González, LuisLuis González Yomiuri Giants (NPB) May 26, 2008 One year UT [138]
Rios, DannyDanny Rios Yakult Swallows (NPB) June 28, 2008 One year P [139]
Adduci, JimJim Adduci Lotte Giants (KBO) July 1, 2016 36 games OF [140]
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