Philadelphia Phillies rookie infielder Freddy Galvis was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball on Tuesday for testing positive for a banned substance.
Galvis is currently on the disabled list with a back injury and will begin serving his suspension immediately. MLB said Galvis tested positive for a metabolite of Clostebol, a performance-enhancing substance.
"A trace amount of a banned substance — 80 parts in a trillion — was detected in my urine sample," Galvis said in a statement. "I am extremely disappointed in what has transpired. I cannot understand how even this tiny particle of a banned substance got into my body.
"I have not and never would knowingly use anything illegal to enhance my performance."
Galvis had filled in nicely for injured second baseman Chase Utley. He was batting .226 with 15 doubles and 24 RBI. It's likely Galvis will be on the DL for the duration of his suspension.
Ichiro fourth fastest to 2,500 hits
Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki hit the third pitch of Tuesday's night's game in Arizona for a single to center to give him 2,500 hits in just 1,817 games. That makes him the fourth fastest player to reach 2,500 hits, trailing only Al Simmons (1,784 games), Ty Cobb (1,790) and George Sisler (1,808). He had three more hits later in the game. If you count the nine seasons he played in Japan, Suzuki has a total of 3,781 hits.
Foreign substance found on glove
Tampa Bay reliever Joel Peralta was ejected in the eighth inning of Tuesday night's game against the Nationals for having a foreign substance, pine tar, on his glove. While Peralta was warming up, the umpires gathered at the mound and examined his glove. An umpire walked with the glove off the field and Peralta was ejected before throwing a pitch. Rays Manager Joe Maddon was upset with Nationals Manager Davey Johnson, claiming Johnson only knew to ask for the inspection because Peralta formerly played for him.
On and off the DL
Atlanta pitcher Brandon Beachy is going to have reconstructive surgery on his right elbow Thursday, and will miss the rest of the season. He is tied for the major-league lead with a 2.00 ERA and is 5-5 in 13 starts. . . . Roy Oswalt will return to a major-league mound Friday night in Texas. The veteran right-hander will make his debut for the Rangers at home against Colorado after starting four minor-league games since signing with Texas on May 29. Oswalt's last major-league appearance was with Philadelphia in a Game 4 loss to St. Louis in the NL playoffs.
West Coast update
Josh Hamilton returned to the Texas lineup after missing four starts because of an illness and hit a two-run triple to lead the Rangers to a 7-3 victory over the host San Diego Padres on Tuesday night. . . . Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer, Mark Trumbo added a three-run triple while driving in five runs, and Mike Trout matched his career high with four hits as the Angels beat the visiting Giants 12-5.