February 18, 2020 / 12:02 AM / 4 months ago

Astros' Martes suspended 162 games for doping violation

FILE PHOTO: Mar 8, 2018; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Francis Martes (58) pitches in the first inning of a spring training game against Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) - Houston Astros pitcher Francis Martes has been suspended for 162 games without pay after testing positive for Boldenone, a performance-enhancing substance, Major League Baseball said on Monday.

Martes, who was previously suspended for a performance-enhancing substance violation in 2019, will begin his suspension at the start of the 2020 regular season in March.

The 24-year-old Dominican Republic native spent last season in the minor leagues. He has a 5-2 major league record, all from 2017.

Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina; Editing by Dan Grebler

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