FILE – In this May 16, 2016, file photo, Cleveland Indians’ Marlon Byrd runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run off Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Layne Somsen in the sixth inning of an interleague baseball game in Cleveland. Byrd has been suspended 162 games for testing positive a second time for a performance-enhancing drug, a person with knowledge of the suspension said Wednesday, June 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Indians outfielder Marlon Byrd has been suspended 162 games for testing positive a second time for a performance-enhancing drug.
A person with knowledge of the suspension said Wednesday that Byrd tested positive for Ipamorelin, a growth hormone releasing peptide. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the details of Byrd’s suspension have not yet been made public.
Byrd was suspended for 50 games in 2012 shortly after he was released by Boston. Major League Baseball increased its penalty for a second offense in 2014 from 100 games to a full season.
The 38-year-old Byrd signed as a free agent in March with Cleveland, which needed veteran outfield depth because both left fielder Michael Brantley and right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall were recovering from injuries.
Byrd is batting .270 with five homers and 19 RBIs in 34 games. He went 4 for 4 with a homer on Monday night against Texas, and then struck out three times in a loss Tuesday. He spent last season with Cincinnati and San Francisco.
To replace Byrd on the roster, the Indians recalled outfielder Tyler Naquin from Triple-A Columbus.
AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum in New York contributed to this report.