Marlins Catcher Ronny Paulino Suspended for Taking Diet Pills, Allegedly
|Ronny Paulino in his former Pirates gear|
Starting with tonight's game against the Astros. Paulino will be suspended for 50 games. The MLB will not release the name of the drug which set off the positive result, but Pualino claims it was the weight-loss supplement.
"To control my weight this season, I used a dietary pill," Paulino said in a statement. "Regretfully, I recently learned that the dietary pill contained a substance banned under Major League Baseball's drug policy. I am ashamed and saddened for disappointing and distracting my family, my teammates, the entire Florida Marlins organization and baseball fans. My heartfelt and most sincere apology. "
Indeed. When reached by phone, Steve, identified last week by The Onion as the Marlin's only fan, expressed mild appointment.
Paulino is only the second player this season to be banned for 50 games under the MLB's drug policy. Maybe with the time off he can hop on a treadmill so he won't have to resort to banned substances next season.