MLB suspends Matt Harvey for drug distribution

Baltimore, Maryland - MLB veteran Matt Harvey has been suspended for 60 games for distributing oxycodone.

Orioles pitcher Matt Harvey has been suspended without pay.
Orioles pitcher Matt Harvey has been suspended without pay.  © VAUGHN RIDLEY / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / GETTY IMAGES VIA AFP

The future of one of MLB's brightest may be in jeopardy.

On Tuesday, Matt Harvey of the Baltimore Orioles was sentenced to a 60-game ban for violating MLB's drug policy.

The suspension comes after Harvey, who testified under immunity, admitted to providing drugs to the late Los Angeles Angels pitcher and his former teammate Tyler Skaggs during the trial of ex-Angels employee Eric Kay.

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Kay was convicted in February of giving Skaggs oxycodone, which led to his death.

"We support all aspects of MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program and their ruling in this particular case," Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias said in a statement.

"I am glad that Matt now has the opportunity to put this part of his past behind him and pursue another shot with our organization after serving his suspension."

The 32-year-old re-signed with the Orioles in April on a minor league contract. Since then, he had been training at their minor league complex in Sarasota, Florida. Harvey will be eligible to join the big league team later this season.

The start date of Harvey’s 60-game suspension is retroactive to April 29, and it is without pay.

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