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More PED suspensions are coming to MLB, and soon

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Chris Colabello and Daniel Stumpf have already been caught and suspended for their use of Turinabol. According to Outside the Lines' T.J. Quinn, we have at least one more suspension, and maybe as many as a "handful" still coming for the same performance-enhancing drug, and soon. All we know at this point is that whoever is being suspended for their use of Turinabol isn't a big name; other than that, we're in the dark about everything except that the suspension could be handed down in the next few days.

Why the sudden rush of Turinabol-based suspensions? It's a drug that was popular in East Germany in the 1970s, but was apparently popular in the present since it was difficult to test for, as signs of use only lasted in the body for around a week. Testing has improved, though, and some players have obviously been caught unaware. These suspensions -- Collabello, Stump and the suspension to be named later -- all came from tests during spring training. Players know they are being tested in the spring, so they just guessed wrong on how far back the testing would be able to recognize the use of Turinabol thanks to the advancements in the procedure.

The good news is that PED testing is working in baseball -- if it weren't working, we wouldn't see suspensions ever. (Could it be even better? Sure, but leagues will never be able to stay 100 percent in front of their players, anyway.) Fans and media would be comforted by a lie about the game being clean were there never suspensions, but as we've discussed in this space before, all Baseball -- or any league -- can do is minimize PED use: They'll never fully eliminate it, not when the gains outweigh the risks for so many.