Seattle Mariners reliever David Rollins was suspended for 80 games on Friday for the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
Major League Baseball announced Rollins’ suspension, saying he tested positive for Stanozolol, a synthetic anabolic steroid. Rollins will not appeal the suspension.
"This was when I got back from winter ball," Rollins said. "I was sore, and I was just trying to speed up the recovery. And just made a bad judgment.
"It was a mistake on my part. It was very bad judgment by myself, and I’ve been regretting it ever since," he added. "It’s been tough for me and my family, and I just want to apologize to my fans, my family, the Seattle organization and everybody else that I’ve disappointed. I deeply regret what I did."
The 25-year-old Rollins was a Rule 5 Draft selection from the Houston organization. Rollins had made just one appearance above Double-A in his career — that coming in 2013 — but he was in contention to become one of Seattle’s left-handed options in the bullpen. Rollins had impressed this spring, allowing one earned run in seven Cactus League appearances.
"Having spoken at length with David, I know that he is truly remorseful for his error in judgment," Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik said in a statement. "We will continue to work with him to get past this situation."