RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Flying Squirrels pitching prospect Logan Webb has been suspended 80 games after he tested positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance.
Major League Baseball announced Wednesday that Webb has been suspended without pay — effective immediately — after testing positive for Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (DHCMT), a substance that violates the league’s baseball drug and treatment policy.
“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 team said in a release. “The Giants organization fully supports the MLB program and its efforts to eliminate performance-enhancing substances from our game.”
In a statement, Webb said he has worked ‘endlessly’ to discover how the substance got into his system. He said he submitted various products and supplements that he’s used over the years for testing to find that answer, ‘and the time for me to find the reason that this has happened has run out.’
“I know in my heart that something someday will be put into the world to prove my innocence,” Webb stated. “That being said, I do not disagree with MLB’s policy, and respect the drug testing system that has been put in place.”
Webb also apologized to family and friends for the ‘negative attention’ it has brought them.
Webb is 1-2 this season with a 2.00 ERA and 31 strikeouts over 27 innings pitched. He was ranked by MLB.com as a Top 5 prospect in the Giants’ organization entering the 2019 season.
Below is Webb’s full statement:
“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. I have done research, I have talked to people who know a lot more about it than I do, and I have sent in an endless amount of supplements and products for testing that I have used over the past couple years. Unfortunately, none of those things have helped me find that answer, and the time for me to find the reason that this has happened has run out. I know in my heart that something someday will be put into the world to prove my innocence. 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.
I would like to apologize to my family, friends, teammates & the San Francisco Giants organization for the negative attention this has brought to them. The platform you guys have created for me to pursue my dreams is special to me and I want you to know I would never do anything to ruin that. 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. I will be back and better than ever.”