Source: Ramirez tested positive for sexual enhancer

According to Yahoo! Sports, the illegal substance that Manny Ramirez tested positive for is supposed to boost sex drive.

Two sources said Ramirez tested positive for a gonadotropin. Major League baseball’s list of banned substances includes the gonadotropins LH and HCG, which are most commonly used by women as fertility drugs. They also can be used to trigger testosterone production. Testosterone is depleted by steroid use, which can cause sexual dysfunction.

“Testosterone and similar drugs are effective for erectile dysfunction in that they jazz up your sex drive,” said Charles Yesalis, a professor at Penn State who has testified before Congress on issues of performance-enhancing drugs. “But far more clinicians accept that affect with Viagra and Cialis. It’s hard for me to understand if it was erectile dysfunction why they would use it.”

Ramirez tested positive for the substance during spring training, then was administered a second test more recently, and it also was positive. Major League Baseball notified Ramirez of the second positive test after Wednesday night’s Dodgers victory over the Washington Nationals. Ramirez admitted to having taken the substance and declined to appeal. His 50-game suspension begins today.

“The substance is not a steroid and it is not human-growth hormone,” the source said.

Hey, you can’t fault a man for taking something to add a little pep in his step, but the question is – why did he take it? Was he using it to correct erectile dysfunction because he was on steroids and his testosterone was depleted? Or was it just because he has erectile dysfunction? If it’s the latter, then it’s hardly anyone’s business and it’s unfortunate that Ramirez was suspended 50 games for it. But if it’s the former, then he should fry.

Either way, you can’t blame MLB for having LH and HCG on the list of banned substances because you don’t know if players are using it to mask their steroid use. And considering he tested positive for the substance in spring training, what a slap in the face of the Dodgers, who Manny and Scott Boras put through negotiation hell all offseason.

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Manny: Drugs came from physician for personal health issue

After being suspended by Major League Baseball for 50 games for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, Manny Ramirez released an official statement saying the drugs were from a physician he saw in Florida for a personal health issue. Ramirez also won’t appeal the suspension.

“Recently I saw a physician for a personal health issue. He gave me a medication, not a steroid, which he thought was OK to give me,” Ramirez said. “Unfortunately, the medication was banned under our drug policy. Under the policy that mistake is now my responsibility. I have been advised not to say anything more for now.

“I do want to say one other thing; I’ve taken and passed about 15 drug tests over the past five seasons. I want to apologize to [Dodgers owner Frank] McCourt, Mrs. McCourt, [manager Joe] Torre, my teammates, the Dodger organization, and to the Dodger fans. LA is a special place to me and I know everybody is disappointed. So am I. I’m sorry about this whole situation.”

After consultation with the Players’ Association and his personal representatives, Ramirez waived his right to challenge the suspension. He will lose nearly $8 million of his $25 million salary.

I don’t know if it’s fair to make assumptions at this point, but for Major League Baseball to hand out a 50 game suspension, you know Manny had to be on something significant. Or else why wouldn’t he or the Dodgers try to appeal the suspension? The Dodgers stand to lose a ton of money because of this ruling, especially when you consider how their entire 2009 marketing campaign centers around Ramirez. So they must know an appeal would be a lost cause.

It’ll be interesting to see how the Dodgers react to this on the field. They currently have the best record in baseball and play in a weak NL West, but everything revolves around Ramirez in that lineup. Players like Orlando Hudson and Andre Ethier have greatly benefited from hitting around Manny and L.A.’s offense takes a huge hit with him out of the lineup.

If the Giants, Padres, Diamondbacks and Rockies were looking for a jolt, they just got one.

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Manny Ramirez to be suspended 50 games for positive PED test

Manny Ramirez to be suspended 50 games for positive PED test

According to a report by the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers’ outfielder Manny Ramirez will receive a 50 game suspension for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

The suspension will cost Ramirez $7.7 million, or roughly 31% of his $25-million salary. Players in violation of baseball’s drug policy are not paid during suspensions.

Ramirez is expected to attribute the test results to medication received from a doctor for a personal medical issue, according to a source familiar with matter but not authorized to speak publicly.

With the suspension taking effect with tonight’s game against the Washington Nationals at Dodger Stadium, Ramirez will not be eligible to return to the team until July 3.

Ramirez would become the biggest star suspended under an oft-criticized major league testing program that started in 2003. He had been a model citizen since arriving in Los Angeles last August, following a stormy tenure with the Boston Red Sox.

This is the second drug scandal to rock baseball within four months. In a year in which baseball officials hoped their greatest concern would be the slumping economy, the two highest-paid players in the game have been revealed to have failed a drug test.

Alex Rodriguez, the game’s highest-paid player, acknowledged during a February news conference that he used steroids from 2001 to 2003. The admission followed a Sports Illustrated report that he failed a drug test in 2003, when players were not subject to suspension.

Ramirez did not appear in the clubhouse after the Dodgers’ 10-3 victory over the Washington Nationals Wednesday night. After the game, Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti and Manager Joe Torre said they were unaware of any failed test or pending suspension.

Remember, he tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug – that doesn’t necessarily mean that it was steroids. In fact, Peter Gammons said on ESPN that he doesn’t believe it was a positive steroid test and quite frankly, I hope it wasn’t. Baseball doesn’t need another star to be caught taking roids – it’s bad for the game and although Man-Ram is a bit nutty, he’s always been known as one of the best pure hitters in the game and I hope his accomplishments are pure.

Either way, this devastating news for the Dodgers, who still have enough talent to win in a weak NL West, but suffer a massive downgrade in their lineup if Juan Pierre takes over in left field.

Good for Major League Baseball, though. Baseball fans like to (rightfully) hammer the weak testing policy that baseball seldom enforces, but the suspension of a huge star like Ramirez maybe proves that times are changing. Maybe Bud Selig is finally starting to clean up the game that he helped soil for so long and hopefully more suspensions like this are coming for any player that fails a PED test.

I can’t help but to chuckle thinking about how long Ramirez and Scott Boras dragged out their negotiations with the Dodgers last offseason in order to get the most possible money and now he stands to lose $7.7 million with this suspension. Yet I feel bad for the Dodgers because not only did they have to wonder all offseason whether or not they would have Ramirez back in their lineup, but now they lose their biggest slugger for 50 games. It’s a shame.

By the way, that noise you hear is thousands of Red Sox fans laughing their collective asses off.

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