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Toronto Blue Jays Infielder Suspended for 80 Games Shortly After Major League Debut

Toronto Blue Jays infielder Orelvis Martínez has been handed an 80-game suspension by Major League Baseball on Sunday due to a positive test for the performance-enhancing drug Clomiphene. This announcement comes just two days after his major league debut.

Martínez, aged 22, has been part of the Blue Jays’ 40-man roster since November 2022. He made his debut on Friday against Cleveland, going 1 for 3 with a strikeout.

“Orelvis was upset, disappointed, and very forthright for a young man when he informed us,” stated Blue Jays manager John Schneider before the team’s game against the Guardians. “He’s clearly remorseful and recognizes his mistake. We will support him through this process.”

Martínez will be eligible to return for the final six games of the regular season but will be ineligible for postseason games this year. He issued an apology to the Blue Jays and their fans, acknowledging his error.

“For the past two years, I have been attempting to start a family with my girlfriend. During the offseason, we visited a fertility clinic in the Dominican Republic where we underwent lab work and were prescribed treatment, including a medication called Rejun 50,” Martínez explained in a statement released by the players’ association.

“Unfortunately, Rejun 50 contains a banned substance known as Clomiphene. We aimed to keep this matter private, even within our family, and trusted the doctor who assured us this treatment did not include performance-enhancing drugs. Therefore, I made the mistake of not disclosing this to my team or the MLBPA. With that said, I take full responsibility for my actions and accept my suspension.”

Martínez signed with Toronto in July 2018 for a $3.51 million bonus and progressed through the Blue Jays’ minor league system. This season at Triple-A Buffalo, he hit .260 with 16 home runs, 46 RBIs, and an .867 OPS in 63 games.

“He was unaware that the substance was banned, but it’s a significant error,” commented Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins from the visiting dugout at Progressive Field. “We are deeply disappointed and surprised.”

Martínez will forfeit approximately half of his salary, which is $740,000 while in the majors and $120,600 while in the minors, both the minimum.

“I will learn from this experience and return to the field in September,” Martínez affirmed.

He becomes the eighth player penalized for performance-enhancing drugs this year, the second under the major league program.

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