The Kansas City Royals pitcher has been banned from playing for the Netherlands after failing a drugs test at this year's World Baseball Classic.
Ponson given two year ban
The Kansas City Royals pitcher Sidney Ponson has been banned from playing for the Netherlands for two years after failing a drugs test at this year's World Baseball Classic. Ponson, 32, who is on the Kansas disabled list because of a strained right elbow, tested positive for the weight-loss drug Phentermine, according to the International Baseball Federation. However, the suspension will have no impact on the player's Major League status or contract with Kansas.
"It was a diet pill under the prescription of a doctor and he was very forthright and made the testing body aware of what he was taking," Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. Ponson's agent, Barry Praver, said in a statement: "During the off-season, Sidney consulted with a physician about weight loss and was prescribed a common appetite suppressant. "Under the belief that this was sufficient, he did not seek further authorisation, which he now understands would have been granted."
Ponson is 1-5 this season with a 7.27 ERA for the Royals this season. * Reuters