Giants prospect Logan Webb suspended 80 games for failed drug test
One of the Giants’ top pitching prospects, Logan Webb, was suspended 80 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. Webb, a fourth-round pick in the 2014 draft who had been pitching at Double-A Richmond, tested positive for Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, a violation of baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Wednesday morning, Major League Baseball announced…
One of the Giants’ top pitching prospects, Logan Webb, was suspended 80 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.
Webb, a fourth-round pick in the 2014 draft who had been pitching at Double-A Richmond, tested positive for Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, a violation of baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Wednesday morning, Major League Baseball announced the suspension, which is effective immediately and without pay.
Webb, 22, had posted a 2.00 ERA with 31 strikeouts and seven walks in 27 innings.
In a statement released by the Giants, Webb suggested he’s not aware of how the drug got in his system and did not take it knowingly, saying, “For the past month and a half, I have tried endlessly to find the answer to why the M4 metabolite was found in my urine sample.”
Boston’s Michael Chavis, Toronto’s Chris Colabello and Philadelphia’s Daniel Stumpf and Alec Asher were suspended in recent years for Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, an anabolic-androgenic steroid.
“I know in my heart that something someday will be put into the world to prove my innocence,” Webb said, according to the statement. “That being said, I do not disagree with MLB’s policy and respect the drug-testing system that has been put in place. I love this game and respect it too much to ever cheat it. I am heartbroken over this, and I am not sure why this is happening to me, but in life some things happen for a reason, and it is my job now to find that reason.”
In the statement, Webb apologized to his family, friends, teammates and the Giants’ organization for the “negative attention this has brought to them.”
SCOTTSDALE, AZ – MARCH 09: General view of the spring training game between the Colorado Rockies and the San Francisco Giants at Scottsdale Stadium on March 9, 2016 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
“Over the next couple of months and the rest of my career, I will continue to work on regaining the trust and respect I’ve earned over the past few years with my teammates and the Giants’ organization,” Webb said in the statement. “I will be back and better than ever.”
The Giants also issued a statement:
“The San Francisco Giants are disappointed that Logan Webb has violated the terms of Major League Baseball’s Drug Prevention and Treatment Program resulting in his suspension. The Giants organization fully supports the MLB program and its efforts to eliminate performance-enhancing substances from our game.”
Webb was born in Rocklin and graduated from Rocklin High School. He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2016 and returned in 2017 to post a 2.89 ERA in 15 relief outings with Class A Salem-Keizer. He made 26 combined starts last year with Class A San Jose and Richmond and had a 2.41 ERA.
After last season, he was placed on the 40-man roster and participated in big-league camp this year.
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