The Red Sox top hitting prospect has been suspended 80 games for Performance Enhancing Drugs.
Major League Baseball announced the suspension of infield prospect, Michael Chavis earlier today.
Red Sox top position prospect Michael Chavis suspended 80 games for positive test for Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone. Sox announce they are ‘disappointed by the news of this violation, (but) will look to provide the appropriate support to Michael.’
— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) April 6, 2018
The Red Sox are certainly disappointed in the wake of the breaking news. Chavis had burst on the scene last season setting career high numbers in homeruns and RBI’s.
Chavis gave his statement on the matter:
Please see my personal statement on today’s news… pic.twitter.com/LihaObpzOf
— Chief Chavis™ (@MichaelChavis11) April 6, 2018
Given the current state of baseball, most fans assume that PED’s are involved when a player not known for power begins to produce. The fact that Chavis is denying involvement is a good sign for the Red Sox in the sense that he appears to be clean.
Negatively, the substance was found in his urine – if he didn’t know it was there, he certainly needs to get to the bottom of that situation.
The Red Sox prospect was considered by many to be a potential September call up for the power desperate club; however the 80 game suspension likely will not allow for that to happen.
Chavis is set to begin the season in AA Portland, but that will be slightly delayed.
This appears to be a small bump in the road for Chavis; however there is little doubt that Red Sox Nation will fully support this young man in his road to solving the issue.
Read more on Chavis here.