Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox center fielder Marlon Byrd (23) makes a catch for the last out during the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

Marlon Byrd Facing 50-Game Suspension

Free agent outfielder Marlon Byrd has tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug, and he's consequently been suspended for 50 games, effective upon his signing with a team.

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Marlon Byrd Releases Statement, Apology

Marlon Byrd was suspended for 50 games after testing positive for Tamoxifen, which is a drug used in breast-cancer treatments. According to the USA Today, athletes use tamoxifen to counteract side effects that are common with steroids, and the drug also produces higher testosterone production.

Byrd denied using the drug for its performance-enhancing capabilities and released a statement:

"Several years ago, I had surgery for a condition that was private and unrelated to baseball. Last winter, I suffered a recurrence of that condition and I was provided with a medication that resulted in my positive test. Although that medication is on the banned list, I absolutely did not use it for performance enhancement reasons. I am mortified by my carelessness and I apologize to everyone who loves this game as I do. I will serve my suspension, continue to work hard and hope that I am given an opportunity to help a Club win later this season."

Byrd was looking for work, and that should be a more difficult task now that a team has to wait 50 games before Byrd can even take the field.

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