Catcher Teagarden suspended 80 games for drug violation

ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 02, 2016 08:17 AM
Catcher Teagarden suspended 80 games for drug violation
This is a Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 file photo of catcher Taylor Teagarden of the New York Mets baseball team. This image reflects the Mets active roster when this image was taken. Former major league catcher Taylor Teagarden, among the athletes accused of using performance-enhancing drugs in a December report by Al Jazeera, was suspended for 80 games on Friday, April 1, 2016 by Major League Baseball. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
NEW YORK (AP) — Former major league catcher Taylor Teagarden, among the athletes accused of using performance-enhancing drugs in a December report by Al Jazeera, was suspended for 80 games on Friday by Major League Baseball.

In its announcement, MLB said Teagarden violated the big league drug program but did not specify the nature of the violation.

Al Jazeera accused several high-profile athletes of using performance-enhancing drugs, among them Philadelphia first baseman Ryan Howard, Washington first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and then Denver quarterback Peyton Manning. Manning denied the allegations, and William Burck, a lawyer for Howard and Zimmerman, called the charges "outright lies."

Al Jazeera broadcast video of Teagarden talking about taking a banned substance called Delta-2.

A member of Texas' 2005 NCAA championship team, Teagarden was selected by the Texas Rangers in the third round of that year's amateur draft. He has a .202 batting average with 21 homers and 70 RBIs in eight seasons with the Rangers (2008-11), Baltimore (2012-13), the New York Mets (2014) and the Chicago Cubs (2015).

The 32-year-old Teagarden played eight games with the Cubs last year and spent the majority of the season at Triple-A Iowa. He became a free agent in October when he refused an outright assignment to the minors.

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