The Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Jeff Wilson
Made the news known via Twitter:
Marlon Byrd suspended 50 games for violating PED test. He had been working with Victor Conte.
— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) June 25, 2012
Byrd, a fan favorite during his three seasons in Texas, had the finest season of his 11-year career in 2009, while with the Rangers. He hit .283 with 20 home runs and 89 RBI that year, and signed as a free agent with the Chicago Cubs during the following offseason.
After a terrible start to his 2012 campaign—he was batting .070 through 13 injury-plagued games—Byrd was shipped to Boston for Michael Bowden and Hunter Cervenka.
Less than one month after acquiring him, the Red Sox let Byrd fly free, as they issued his unconditional release. Byrd, currently a free agent, has hit .210 with just one home run and nine RBI combined during this year with the Cubs and Red Sox.
The alleged drug that caused the positive test, Tamoxifen, is generally used for treatment of breast cancer for both men and women. However, it is on MLB’s banned substance list.
According to USA Today’s Gabe Lacques, Byrd had been working with former BALCO president Victor Conte, who has vehemently denied supplying Byrd with anything illegal.