Andrew McKirahan Suspended 80 Games for PED Use

Posted on Apr 20 2015 - 12:26pm by Harrison Coburn
Rookie Andrew McKirahan

Rookie Andrew McKirahan

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It was announced Monday morning that Braves reliever Andrew McKirahan has been suspended 80 games for PED use. His test was conducted in March, but the results came back just yesterday. McKirahan reportedly used a cream that violated the MLB drug policy. The lefty was left unprotected in the Rule 5 draft this past winter by the Chicago Cubs, and was claimed by the Miami Marlins. Though he posted decent Spring Training numbers for Miami, the Marlins did not have room for McKirahan on their 25-Man Roster and waived him. McKirahan used this cream during his time with the Marlins. Players that are selected in the Rule 5 Draft must remain on the 25-Man for the duration of the season or they must be offered back to their original club. However, the Braves put in a waiver claim for the lefty, and earned an Opening Day roster spot with the release of James Russell and injury to Josh Outman. McKirahan looked promising in his first 3 appearances, giving up 2 earned runs in 4.1 innings. Luckily for Atlanta, Luis Avilan has looked great so far for Atlanta. Internal options to replace the rookie include Ian Thomas and Donnie Veal. McKirahan will be eligible to return on July 20th against the Dodgers. This is the second Braves reliever to be suspended for PED use this season, as Arodys Vizcaino received an 80-game suspension as well.

Update: The substance McKirahan used was Ipamorelin

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