Just as they said they would in the days after he tested positive for banned substances, the Swallows released pitcher Danny Rios yesterday, according to an announcement from the NPB Commissioner’s office.
Readers of the Tsubamegun will recall that Rios tested positive for hydroxystanozolol, which can indicate use of the anabolic steroid stanozolol, twice, in tests a month apart.
Rios appealed his suspension based on the claim that permitted supplements he was taking triggered a false positive in his random doping tests. He has until July 29th to let the NPB know what steps he will take to make a review of his one-year suspension (still in force) possible.
Rios was the third player in NPB history to be suspended for doping. The second, Yomiuri’s Luis Gonzalez, who was suspended in May and released in June, has had his appeal rejected.