Orioles’ Matt Harvey suspended 60 games for violating the MLB drug policy

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Baltimore Oriole Pitcher Matt Harvey was suspended for 60 games on Tuesday for violating Major League Baseball’s common drug prevention and treatment policy.

“The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Baltimore Orioles pitcher Matt Harvey has received a 60-game suspension without pay for participating in the distribution of a banned drug of abuse in violation of the joint prevention and treatment program. Major League Baseball’s drug industry, “MLB said in a statement.

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Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Matt Harvey delivers to a Kansas City Royals hitter during the first inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri on Sunday, July 18, 2021.
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Harvey’s suspension date was retroactive to April 29. He has yet to appear in a game this season.

Discipline appeared to be related to Harvey’s testimony during Eric Kay’s trial in February.

Kay, an ex Los Angeles Angels employee, was convicted in February of supplying pitcher Tyler Skaggs with drugs that caused him to overdose and die. He was convicted of drug dealing resulting in death and drug conspiracy after the government claimed it gave Skaggs counterfeit oxycodone pills, which also contained fentanyl.

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Starting pitcher Matt Harvey No. 32 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches to a Kansas City Royals hitter at Oriole Park in Camden Yards on September 8, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Starting pitcher Matt Harvey No. 32 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches to a Kansas City Royals hitter at Oriole Park in Camden Yards on September 8, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland.
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During the trial, Harvey acknowledged that he was a cocaine user before and during his season with the Angels in 2019. New York Mets The star said she tried the oxycodone provided by Skaggs during the season with the Angels and also provided Skaggs with medication.

Skaggs, 27, died on July 1, 2019 in a Texas hotel room after the team traveled from Los Angeles and before the start of what was to be a four-game streak against the Texas Rangers. According to a medical examiner’s report, Skaggs choked to death from his vomit and his system was a toxic mixture of alcohol, fentanyl and oxycodone.

Starting pitcher Matt Harvey No. 32 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches to a Kansas City Royals hitter at Oriole Park in Camden Yards on September 8, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Starting pitcher Matt Harvey No. 32 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches to a Kansas City Royals hitter at Oriole Park in Camden Yards on September 8, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland.
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Harvey said Skaggs had another source and didn’t get many drugs from that source. Harvey said he had his own drug supplier he would go to on the east coast and said he got oxycodone for Skaggs from that supplier. Harvey was asked if he ever told Skaggs to be careful when mixing.

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“Looking back, I wish I did,” the All-Star said in his testimony. “In baseball you do everything you can to stay on the pitch. At the time I felt like a teammate that I was just helping him get through whatever he needed to get through.”

Fox News Adam Sabes and the Associated Press contributed to this report.