Outfielder Marlon Byrd,38, of the Cleveland Indians has been suspended for 162 games. He tested positive for the growth hormone secretagogue Ipamorelin.
It is a suspenion without pay.
Byrd had been suspended for PEDs in 2012. He received a 50-game suspension after testing positive for Tamoxifen.
Byrd signed a minor league contract with the Indians in spring training but made the major league team out of camp. Now, he is hitting .270 with five home runs and 19 RBIs.
He is the second Indians outfielder to receive a PED suspension this season.
The Indians recalled outfielder Tyler Naquin from Triple-A Columbus and optioned right-hander Shawn Armstrong to the minors. The team also purchased left-hander Tom Gorzelanny’s contract from Columbus to fill Byrd’s roster spot.
Last season, between his time with Cincinnati and San Francisco, Byrd batted a combined .247 with 23 home runs and 73 RBIs.
Byrd began his career in 2002 with Philadelphia and finished fourth in voting for the 2003 National League Rookie of the Year.
He now is a career .275 hitter. Also, he has connected for at least 20 homers and driven in 70 or more runs in each of the past three seasons. He batted .271 against left-handers and has a career .286 average against lefties over his 15-season career. He has a total of 159 home runs while playing on 10 different teams.